Summer 2020 Educators of Measurement Webinar Series

Webinar 1

Graduate Training in Educational Measurement and Psychometrics
A Curricula Review of Graduate Programs in the U.S.

June 25, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

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The intended outcomes of a doctoral program are often vaguely articulated, if at all; but one can infer what is valued through an examination of the curricular content of such programs. In doing so, the priorities of doctoral/measurement programs; and by extension, the measurement field at large. In this webinar we will answer three questions: 1) What content is taught/offered in measurement programs? 2) What do working professionals in measurement identify as critical content/skills for success in the field? 3) What is the role of NCME, if any, in bridging the gap between what it means to be an expert in educational measurement and what it should mean?
 
We will briefly present data from a comprehensive review of 135 measurement programs (masters & doctoral) across 75 unique institutions. In addition to required content, program curricula were coded with respect to intellectual home (psychology v. education departments), total credits, number and rank of faculty. Patterns with respect to content variation will be presented followed by a facilitated discussion around measurement curriculum (what must we keep, what is missing, etc.). All participants will be asked to actively engage in a facilitated discussion around the question(s):
 
What does/should it mean to be an educational measurement specialist?

Panelists
Chad Buckendahl, ACS Ventures
Sara Finney, James Madison University
Kristen Huff, Curriculum Associates
Matthew Madison, Clemson University
Jennifer Randall, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ye Tong, Pearson
Moderated by Joseph Rios, University of Minnesota

Webinar 2

Recruiting Students for the Measurement Profession

July 23, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

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Recruiting students into the field of measurement can be difficult (Finney & Pastor, 2012). The result is a well-documented the shortage of measurement professionals (Patelis, Kolen, & Parshall, 1997; Sireci, 2000; Finney & Pastor, 2012) and quantitative psychologists (APA Task Force for Increasing the Number of Quantitative Psychologists, 2009; Clay, 2005). This panel intends to address the shortage of professionals through recruitment into measurement programs. Our discussion will revolve around Sireci’s (2000) framework for addressing the concerning shortage of measurement professionals: 1. Familiarize practitioners and students about the field of educational measurement; 2. Reach out to a more diverse group of potential students and make the profession more open and attractive to them; 3. Engage outside entities in the funding and supporting of graduate students in educational measurement; 4. Initiate master’s and undergraduate degrees in measurement, as well as certificates; and 5. Develop distance-based training programs in educational measurement.
 
Panelists
Sarah Depaoli, University of California, Merced
Brian Leventhal, James Madison University
Kyndra Middleton, Howard University
John Willse, University of North Carolina Greensboro
 
Moderated by Allison Ames Boykin, University of Arkansas

Webinar 3

Shaping the Future of Educational Measurement through Advising and Mentoring

August 13, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

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We help to shape the future of our field through the choices we make as advisors and mentors of students and recent graduates of educational measurement. But how do we make those choices? How do we tailor those choices simultaneously to the interests of the student and the needs of the field? How do we ensure that our advising and mentoring can provide preparation for the wide range of important careers in measurement spanning across academia, industry, government, and schools? In this webinar, panelists who have been recognized for their service and accomplishments in educational measurement advising and mentoring will reflect on a series of questions such as these, as well as questions from attendees.
 
Terry Ackerman, University of Iowa
Joshua Goodman, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Lisa Keller, University of Massachusetts Amherst
David Miller, University of Florida
 
Moderated by Corinne Huggins-Manley, University of Florida