NCME Mission

Who We Are

The National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) is a professional organization for individuals involved in assessment, evaluation, testing, and other aspects of educational measurement. Members are involved in the construction and use of standardized tests; new forms of assessment, including performance-based assessment; program design; and program evaluation.

NCME members include university faculty; test developers; state and federal testing and research directors; professional evaluators; testing specialists in business, industry, education, community programs, and other professions; licensure, certification, and credentialing professionals; graduate students from educational, psychological, and other measurement programs; and others involved in testing issues and practices.

During the past 20 years, the NCME membership has become more diverse, broadening the scope of the organization's vision. Service to communities and ensuring that assessment is fair and equitable for all students have become essential elements of NCME's mission and purposes.

Our Goals

  1. Encourage scholarly development in educational measurement
    1. Improve measurement instruments and procedures for their administration, scoring, interpretation, and use
    2. Improve applications of measurement in assessment of individuals, groups, and evaluation of educational programs
  2. Disseminate knowledge about educational measurement, including
    1. Theory, techniques, and instrumentation for the measurement of educationally relevant human, and institutional social characteristics
    2. Procedures appropriate to the interpretation and use of such techniques and instruments
    3. Applications of educational measurement with individuals and groups
  3. Increase NCME's influence within the educational measurement community to ensure sound and ethical measurement practices
  4. Influence public policy and practice concerning educational measurement
  5. Promote awareness of measurement in education as a field of study and work to encourage entry into the field and interdisciplinary collaboration
  6. Provide members with a strong professional identity and intellectual home in educational measurement and enhance the value of membership in NCME
  7. Increase the operating and financial capacity of the association to enhance its effectiveness and its national recognition

Our Mission

The National Council on Measurement in Education is a community of measurement scientists and practitioners who work together to advance theory and applications of educational measurement to benefit society.