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Release: Oct. 25, 1999
Expert on testing validation to present annual Coffman
Lecture Nov. 4
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A nationally known expert on educational
testing will present the talk "Validating Score Interpretations: From
Performance Assessment to Model-Based Constructs" at 3 p.m. Thursday,
Nov. 4 at the University of Iowa College of Education.
Michael T. Kane, a professor in the University of
Wisconsins department of kinesiology, will present the fifth annual
William E. Coffman Lecture in Jones Commons (N300) of the Lindquist Center.
Lectures in the series, sponsored by the Iowa Testing Programs and the Iowa
Measurement Research Foundation of the UI College of Education, are free and
open to the public.
Kane received a Ph.D. in education at Stanford University
in 1972 and also has degrees in statistics and physics. His principal research
interests are validating the interpretations of test scores, the interpretation
and use of performance assessments and generalizability theory. He is also
actively involved in research dealing with licensure and certification testing,
standard setting, criterion-referenced testing and the methodology of job
analysis and role delineation.
He has held faculty positions at the University of
Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the State University of New York at Stony
Brook, was director of test development at the National League for Nursing
and was vice president for research and development at ACT.
Among his recent publications are "Validating
measures of performance," which he co-authored in Educational Measurement:
Issues and Practice, "Model-based practice analysis and test specifications"
in Applied Measurement in Education in 1997, "The precision of measurements"
in the same journal a year earlier and "The precision of practice analysis
results in the professions," which he co-authored in 1995 for Evaluation
& the Health Professions.
"Michael Kane is one of the two or three most
prominent experts in the country in validity as it applies to educational
testing," said Robert Brennan, director of the UIs Iowa Testing
Programs and the E.F. Lindquist Professor of Educational Measurement. "His
theoretical grasp of this topic, coupled with wide-ranging practical experiences,
gives his writings a uniquely refreshing perspective."
As guest speaker, Kane also will participate in several
discussion sessions with graduate students, the staff of the Iowa Testing
Programs and the faculty of the UI College of Education.
William E. Coffman served on the faculty of the Division
of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations of Education from 1969 to 1981.
During that time, he was director of the Iowa Testing Programs as well as
the first E.F. Lindquist Professor of Educational Measurement.
While at the UI, Coffman was recognized for his writings
on the reliability and validity of essay examinations as measurements of educational
achievement. Coffman died Jan. 12, 1998.
The Coffman Lecture Series is administered by the
Iowa Testing Programs and the Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations