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April 26, 2006

Hoover Honored For Contributions To Research In Testing, Measurement

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) recently presented University of Iowa Emeritus Professor Hiram "H.D." Hoover the E.F. Lindquist Award, which recognizes a distinguished scholar for outstanding research in the field of testing and measurement. The award is co-sponsored by AERA and the American College Testing program (ACT Inc.).

Named in honor of E.F. Lindquist, a pioneering scholar and researcher who started the Iowa Testing Programs at the UI and co-founded ACT, the award recognizes outstanding applied or theoretical research in the field of testing and measurement. It also acknowledges a body of research, as opposed to a single work, of an empirical, theoretical, or integrative nature that, ideally, advances the twin goals of greater understanding and improved use of testing and measurement techniques.

The sponsors of the award seek to encourage and inspire research on issues important to both the research field and the wellbeing of those affected by that research. Before 1987, the award recognized only outstanding research in college student development. In 1987 and subsequent years it acquired a broader scope of recognition.

"Professor Hoover was honored for four decades of contributions to the theory and practice of educational measurement," the AERA said in announcing the award at its 2006 annual meeting in San Francisco. "A past president of the National Council on Measurement in Education, he was the senior author of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. Throughout his career, he has supported professionally responsible test use."

Hoover retired as director of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills in 2004, capping a 40-year career that began in 1964, when he was hired as a graduate assistant in the Iowa Testing Programs. From 2001-2002, Hoover served as president of the National Council on Measurement in Education, the professional organization for people associated with educational testing. And he has become internationally recognized as a plain spoken and deeply knowledgeable supporter of academic testing. He's often been quoted in national media for stories on standardized and high-stakes testing by The New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Examiner and PBS.

Earlier this month an interview with Hoover was featured prominently in both segments of a two-part report that aired on the CBS Evening News April 3 and 4. The first segment, "The Trouble With Testing?", may be viewed at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/04/03/eveningnews/main1467643.shtml?CMP=ILC-SearchStories The second segment, "Too Much Testing?", may be viewed at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/04/04/eveningnews/main1472010.shtml?CMP=

The AERA -- www.aera.net -- represents approximately 25,000 members who conduct research and evaluation in education. Founded in 1916, the Association strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and to serve the public good.

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