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Philosophical Issues of Current Interest to Measurement Theorists

Angoff, William H.
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ETS Research Report
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Aptitude, Test Bias, Test Theory, Test Validity


The research interests of measurement theorists in psychology are, expectedly, methodological but also rooted in the substantive areas in psychology and education in which their methods are applied. Several such areas are of particular importance today. Among the most perplexing of these are bias in testing, aptitude measurement, and validity, three areas that share a common concern with the social consequences of making decisions for individuals on the basis of inferences drawn from test scores. This paper inquires into the meaning of these three concepts, and what they signify for the broad use of test results. (23pp.)

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