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The Contestant Perspective on Taking Tests: Emanations from the Statue within
Comments on Neil Dorans's NCME Career Award Address:The Contestant Perspective on Taking Tests: Emanations From the Statue Within
Article first published online: 25 DEC 2012
© 2012 by the National Council on Measurement in Education
Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice
Volume 31, Issue 4, pages 40–44, Winter 2012
How to Cite
Pommerich, M. (2012), Comments on Neil Dorans's NCME Career Award Address:The Contestant Perspective on Taking Tests: Emanations From the Statue Within. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 31: 40–44. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-3992.2012.00256.x
- Issue published online: 25 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 25 DEC 2012
- score integrity;
- controlled conditions of measurement;
- technology-driven assessment
Neil Dorans has made a career of advocating for the examinee. He continues to do so in his NCME career award address, providing a thought-provoking commentary on some current trends in educational measurement that could potentially affect the integrity of test scores. Concerns expressed in the address call attention to a conundrum that faces today's measurement practitioners, namely, that technology-driven assessment, while very appealing, is prone to less controlled conditions of measurement. The commentary given here focuses on the message and implications of Neil Dorans's career award address. It discusses some specific points of note, elaborates on the conundrum, gives a view of the future, and makes a call for a dialogue among test developers and measurement practitioners on how to compensate for the loss in controlled conditions of measurement associated with the use of technology.