Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice Update

By Megan Welsh posted 06-29-2019 01:53


Dharris.pngDeborah Harris, University of Iowa


Ally Shay Thomas coordinated another successful Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice (EM:IP) Cover Graphic/Data Visualization Competition. This year there was a collaboration with the National Center for Education Statistics to encourage participants to make use of publicly available National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of NAEP. The editorial staff of EM:IP believes that diagrams, graphics and data visualizations are powerful tools for making educational measurement issues of practical importance accessible to both educators and the public, and was soliciting original graphical submissions that creatively illustrate a fundamental statistical/psychometric concept or aid in analyzing or visualizing educational data.

The four winners for upcoming EM:IP issue covers were:

  • Testlet Usage and Conversion Plot (TUC), Michael Chajewski, Kaplan Test Prep
  • Spanning Tree of Mathematics Course-Taking Trajectories in High School, Jennifer M. Altavilla, Paulina J. Biernacki, Guillermo Solano-Flores, Guadalupe Valdés, & Rose Marie G. Fontana, Stanford University
  • Visualizing Hierarchical Score Inferences, Richard Feinberg & Daniel Jurich, NBME
  • Standard Setting Round 1 Panelists’ Feedback, Caiyan Zhang, Jonathan Beard, Lei Wan, & Deanna Morgan, The College Board

Members of NCME with valid emails should have received a link to a survey in early May regarding EM:IP. The goal of the survey is to inform the Editors, Editorial Board, and the Publications Committee of how EM:IP can continue to meet the needs of the membership.