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Release: May 15, 2000

National education measurement council gives Brennan career award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Board of the National Council on Measurement in Education recently presented its citation for Career Contributions to Educational Measurement to University of Iowa Professor Robert Brennan, the E.F. Lindquist Professor of Educational Measurement and director of the Iowa Testing Programs in the College of Education.

The Iowa Testing Programs produces the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and the Iowa Tests of Educational Development, versions of which are used in Iowa and a number of other states.

Brennan, a past president of the NCME, received the organization's award in New Orleans April 26 "in recognition of the exceptional impact of his work and the dedicated service he has rendered to the field of educational measurement. He has been an enduring and influential contributor to measurement theory, particularly through his work in generalizabilty theory, equating, and criterion-referenced testing."

The citation also lauds Brennan for playing a "major role in applied measurement through his leadership at both ACT (American College Testing) and the Iowa Testing Programs, among the most respected large-scale testing programs in the country."

Brennan is the third University of Iowa faculty member to receive the prestigious award, following emeritus professors Albert Hieronymus and Leonard Feldt, former head of the Iowa Testing Programs.

This isn't the first time the NCME has honored Brennan. In 1997, it gave him and Michael J. Kolen, also a professor in the Iowa Testing Programs, its award for their Outstanding Technical Contribution to the Field of Educational Measurement. The two were cited for their 1995 book, "Test Equating: Methods and Practices," which NCME described as of "lasting value to the theoretician and the practitioner."

Brennan joined the UI College of Education in 1994. Prior to that he was assistant vice president for measurement research and distinguished research scientist at ACT in Iowa City.