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    Why Education Practitioners and Stakeholders Should Care About Person Fit in Educational Assessments

    A. ADRIENNE WALKER
    In this article, A. Adrienne Walker introduces the concept of person fit to education stakeholders as a source of evidence to inform the trustworthiness of a test score for interpretation and use (validity). Person fit analyses are used in educational measurement research to explore the degree to which a person’s test score can be interpreted as a reasonable estimate of her achievement level. Although much academic literature has been produced on person fit, the findings and implications of this research remain largely unknown to education stakeholders. Walker argues that the practice of using test scores based on misfitting response patterns is problematic, and by including individual person fit in quality procedures, assessment research, practice, and policy can improve the way educational assessments serve instruction.

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    A. Adrienne Walker wrote this article when she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Educational Studies at Emory University. Her research is situated in the area of education measurement and focuses on policy issues in education, specifically in the validity of test score inferences for their intended use. Her work has appeared in Applied Measurement in Education and Journal of Applied Measurement. Before graduate school, Walker worked for the Assessment Division of the Georgia Department of Education. She currently works in the research and evaluation unit of Gwinnett County Public Schools, Georgia.
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    Fall 2017 Issue

    Abstracts

    How the Word Gap Argument Negatively Impacts Young Children of Latinx Immigrants’ Conceptualizations of Learning
    JENNIFER KEYS ADAIR, KIYOMI SÁNCHEZ-SUZUKI COLEGROVE, and MOLLY E. MCMANUS
    Globalizing Literature Pedagogy
    Applying Cosmopolitan Ethical Criticism to the Teaching of Literature
    SUZANNE S. CHOO
    The Politics of Recitation
    Ideology, Interpellation, and Hegemony
    DAVID I. BACKER
    In Search of Community
    Lessons from Idealized Independence for Adults with Disabilities
    AMY L. BOELÉ
    Teaching Minoritized Students
    Are Additive Approaches Legitimate
    JIM CUMMINS
    Why Education Practitioners and Stakeholders Should Care About Person Fit in Educational Assessments
    A. ADRIENNE WALKER

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