Validation Strategies

Delineating and Validating Proposed Interpretations and Uses of Test Scores

Authored by: Michael Kane

Handbook of Test Development

Print publication date:  November  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415626019
eBook ISBN: 9780203102961
Adobe ISBN: 9781136242571

10.4324/9780203102961.ch4

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Abstract

Testing programs make claims about how test scores can be interpreted and used, and to validate the proposed interpretation and use is to evaluate the plausibility of these claims. The interpretation and use may include claims about expected performance in some domain, about traits or constructs, about future performances of various kinds and about the appropriateness of decision rules. Most such claims are not self-evident, and therefore they require evidence for their justification.

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