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William H. Angoff Memorial Lecture Series Reports

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William H. Angoff,

The 17th William H. Angoff Memorial Lecture, "Test-based Accountability Systems: The Importance of Paying Attention to Consequences" was delivered on October 16, 2019 by Suzanne Lane, Ph.D., Professor in the Research Methodology Program in the Department of Psychology in Education at the University of Pittsburgh. The lecture addressed the intended and potentially unintended consequences of test-based accountability systems — an important issue for researchers and policymakers to examine so that educational opportunities for all students can be improved.


In this video interview, Professor Lane discusses the negative consequences of test-based accountability systems, addresses why it is important to pay attention to such consequences and offers possible solutions to minimizing the negative effects.

View the full-length video and transcript of the lecture.

Read Dr. Lane's paper, Test‐Based Accountability Systems: The Importance of Paying Attention to Consequences, based on the lecture.

About the Lecture Series

The Angoff Lecture Series was established in 1994 to honor the life and work of William H. Angoff, an ETS research scientist who distinguished himself as a prominent contributor in the field of educational measurement in more than 40 years at ETS. During that time, Angoff authored some of the classic publications on psychometrics, including the definitive text "Scales, Norms, and Equivalent Scores," which appeared in Robert L. Thorndike's Educational Measurement (2nd edition).

The lecture series honors Angoff's legacy by encouraging and supporting the relatively nontechnical discussion of public interest issues related to educational measurement.

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