Large-scale assessments (LSAs) play a growing role in education policy decisions, accountability, and education planning worldwide. This book focuses on central issues that are key components of successful planning, development and implementation of LSAs. The book’s main distinction is its focus on practice- based, cutting-edge research. This is achieved by having chapters co-authored by world-class researchers in collaboration with measurement practitioners. The result is a how-to book whose language is accessible to practitioners and graduate students as well as academics.

No other book so thoroughly covers current issues in the field of large-scale assessment. An introductory chapter is followed by sixteen chapters that each focus on a specific issue. The content is prescriptive and didactic in nature but based on the most recent scientific research. It includes successful experiences, exemplary practices, training modules, interesting breakthroughs or alternatives, and promising innovations regarding large-scale assessments. Finally, it covers meaningful topics that are currently taking center stage such as motivating students, background questionnaires, comparability of different linguistic versions of assessments, and cognitive modeling of learning and assessment.


chapter 1|9 pages


ByMarielle Simon, Kadriye Ercikan, Michel Rousseau

part I|74 pages

Assessment Design, Development, and Delivery

chapter 3|16 pages

Role and Design of Background Questionnaires in Large-Scale Assessments

ByRuth A. Childs, Orlena Broomes

chapter 4|19 pages

Student Motivation in Large-Scale Assessments

ByChristina van Barneveld, Sherri-Lynne Pharand, Lori Ruberto, Daphne Haggarty

chapter 5|23 pages

Computer-Based and Computer-Adaptive Testing

ByRichard M. Luecht

part II|56 pages

Assessing Diverse Populations

chapter 6|23 pages

Academic Assessment of English Language Learners

A Critical, Probabilistic, Systemic View
ByGuillermo Solano-Flores, Martha Gustafson

chapter 7|15 pages

Score Comparability of Multiple Language Versions of Assessments Within Jurisdictions

ByKadriye Ercikan, Marielle Simon, María Elena Oliveri

chapter 8|16 pages

Accommodating Special Needs for Large-Scale Assessments

ByLeilani Sáez, Elisa Jamgochian, Gerald Tindal

part III|64 pages

Scoring, Score Reporting, and Use of Scores

chapter 9|11 pages

Scoring Issues in Large-Scale Assessments

ByMaría Elena Oliveri, Britta Gundersen-Bryden, Kadriye Ercikan

chapter 10|21 pages

Standard Setting

Past, Present, and Perhaps Future
ByRobert W. Lissitz

chapter 11|11 pages

From "Here's the Story" to "You're in Charge"

Developing and Maintaining Large-Scale Online Test- and Score-Reporting Resources
ByApril L. Zenisky, Ronald K. Hambleton

chapter 12|19 pages

Making Value-Added Inferences From Large-Scale Assessments

ByDerek C. Briggs

part IV|85 pages

Psychometric Modeling and Statistical Analysis

chapter 13|31 pages

Complex Person and Item Sampling

Implications for Analysis and Inference
ByJessica L. Mislevy, Laura M. Stapleton, André A. Rupp

chapter 14|22 pages

Taking Atypical Response Patterns Into Account

A Multidimensional Measurement Model From Item Response Theory
ByGilles Raiche, David Magis, Jean-Guy Blais, Pierre Brochu

chapter 15|16 pages

Missing Data

Issues and Treatments
ByMichel Rousseau

chapter 16|14 pages

Measurement and Statistical Analysis Issues With Longitudinal Assessment Data

ByBruno D. Zumbo, Amery D. Wu, Yan Liu