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Validity and Test Use, An International Dialogue on Educational Assessment, Accountability and Equity

Validity and Test Use, An International Dialogue on Educational Assessment, Accountability and Equity.


Madhabi Chatterji, Teachers College, Columbia University


This work examines validity issues surrounding educational assessment programs and the use of tests and test-based information in applied contexts. The authors break new ground in terms of validity theory and practice, offering recommendations, frameworks and solutions that are broadly applicable in different regions. Chapters discuss the consequences of common validity oversights in high stakes testing, evaluation and accountability contexts.

This book is international in its representation and scope, and represents a dialogue among prominent technical and non-technical stakeholders of assessment programs seeking solutions to persistent and emerging validity problems world-wide.


  • breaks new ground by examining validity issues and consequential validity in international, "high-stakes" test use contexts
  • represents a dialogue among international stakeholders of assessment programs, including recognized experts in measurement and evaluation, education, and policy
  • provides recommendations, frameworks and technical solutions to persistent and emerging validity challenges

 Questions addressed include:

   i. Do validity issues arise due to the technical complexities in assessment programs today, or a lack of awareness and inattention to technical limitations of assessment instruments by users?

   ii. Is there a communication divide between educational policy-makers and measurement professionals that is obstructing more valid use of educational assessments and other forms of test-based data?

Editor Profile

Image of the Editor Madhabi Chatterji.Madhabi Chatterji, B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Ed., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Measurement, Evaluation, and Education at Teachers College (TC), Columbia University, where she founded and directs the Assessment and Evaluation Research Initiative since 2006, a center dedicated to promoting meaningful use of assessment and evaluation information, internationally and across disciplines (AERI, Read more .....


The prominent authors describe assessment programs in their regions, and appraise the conditions and factors that could enhance valid, equitable or fair assessment practices.

Contributing authors include Michael T. Kane, Michael J. Feuer and Adrie Visscher, as well as Edmund W. Gordon, Sebastien Georges, Hans Wagemaker and Haniza Yon amongst others.

Read the Foreword and discover why we need an international dialogue on validity and test use.

View the Table of Contents and full list of contributing authors.


An essential reference handbook for all involved in educational assessment programs.


Book Information

ISBN Print: 9781781909461
ISBN Electronic: 9781781909478
Publication Date: 21 October 2013
Format print: Hardback
Page count: 250
Dimensions: 174 x 246
Audience: Professional and Vocational

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