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Educational Assessment and Tests

Many tests and other instruments are used in the fields of education and psychology. Published tests are available from commercial publishers and are typically subject to various restrictions. Using them normally requires contacting the author or publisher to request a copy of the instrument or permission to use it. Unpublished tests are not commercially available and may be difficult to locate. They may be available from an author or included in a book or article. It is the user’s responsibility when using any test to adhere to copyright requirements.

Online Databases :: Selected Print Resources :: Selected Web Resources

Online Databases

The most critical database for test information is Mental Measurements Yearbook; see below. Because journal articles occasionally include a test instrument, you might wish to consult discipline-specific databases, such as ERIC, Education Full Text, PsycInfo, etc.

Mental Measurements Yearbook :: Produced by the Buros Institute at the University of Nebraska , the Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) provides users with a comprehensive guide to over 2,000 contemporary testing instruments. MMY contains information needed to evaluate tests in such areas as psychology, education, and business. Entries contain information such as test purpose, publisher, and price, as well as edited review(s) written by content area experts. To be included, a test must be commercially available, be published in the English language, and be new or revised since it last appeared in the series. The database provides coverage from Volume 9 to date; use the print set (described below) for earlier entries.

To access the MMY online database, go to the library home page (http://library.ucmo.edu/) and choose "Online Resources/Databases.” Or click here.

Selected Print Resources

Mental Measurements Yearbook Ref BF176 B932
MMY contains the most extensive coverage of published standardized tests commercially available in English. The print version includes reviews and descriptions of new or substantially revised tests since the previous edition. MMY contains many indexes in the back of each volume, including a title and subject index. See online database description above for further information, including criteria for test selection.

Test Critiques  Ref BF176 T419
The indexing in this set of test reviews is not as extensive as that in Mental Measurements Yearbook. To ensure complete coverage of any one test, consult both sources. Use the subject index or title index in the back of the book.

Tests in Print Ref BF176 B8
TIP is a bibliography of commercially available tests that are in print and available for purchase. It serves as an index to MMY. TIP attempts to list every commercially available test. Consult the subject and title indexes at the back of the book.

Selected Web Resources

APA's Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment ::Statement of use of secure psychological tests in the education of graduate and undergraduate psychology students.

Buros Center for Testing :: This site includes the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements and the Buros Institute for Assessment, Consultation and Outreach.  Use it to find information about a test, a test review, or a test publisher.  Click on "Test Reviews Online" to find information about a specific test.  You may order test reviews for $15 each.

Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) :: Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, CRESST conducts research on important topics related to K-12 educational testing.

Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education

ETS - Educational Testing Service :: Use to find general and registration information on various tests.

FAQ/Finding Information about Psychological Tests :: Help from APA regarding tests.

History of Influences in the Development of Intelligence Theory and Testing :: This site contains information on the works of influential scholars whose work led to the development of intelligence testing and intelligence theory.  Maintained by Dr. J. Plucker, a professor of Educational Psychology at Indiana University .

Institute of Education Sciences (formerly OERI) :: Created by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, this organization replaces The Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) and is now responsible for education research, statistics, and evaluation.  It provides research-based leadership to the U.S. as states and localities strive to improve student achievement in core content areas and works to integrate these areas to enhance student learning.

Tests and Measures :: This site, maintained by the library at St. Louis University , is useful for anyone wanting to identify instruments on a topic, find information about specific instruments, or locate instruments.



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