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The Exhibition is a brilliant idea for helping the public to see the history of testing, but more importantly for communicating the value and benefits of testing to many aspects of modern life. The planned exhibits are exciting, informative, and will go a long way toward engaging a variety of audiences to confront misconceptions about testing, to consider the positive and negative consequences of testing in their lives, and to discuss their insights with others.

Gregory J. Cizek, Professor of Educational Measurement and Evaluation, School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA

 

The plans for this traveling exhibition on measurement are the happy result of a combination of expert knowledge of measurement and experience in the design of attractive and educational museum installations. This is a welcome development in educating the public about an important modern technology that affects us all in many ways.

Henry Braun, Professor, Boisi Chair in Education and Public Policy, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, MA, USA


 

An exhibition of this kind is necessary because many people have a rather negative impression of testing.  This is unfortunate because, on average, testing has had a very positive role in societies around the world. This exhibition highlights that positive role, including such applications as (1) helping persons understand themselves better psychologically leading to better mental health, (2) identifying potentially satisfying jobs, (3) selecting individuals qualified to work in a variety of professions such as accounting, medicine, the law, and architecture, thus enriching society, and (4) providing school teachers with valuable information about the academic progress of their students.

Ronald K. Hambleton, Distinguished University Professor, Executive Director of the Center for Educational Assessment University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA

 

This promises to be a vivid and appealing exhibition, which not only presents the topic of testing and measurement to the general public, but also demonstrates its importance and helps clarify the many misunderstandings that are usually – and unfortunately – associated with testing.  In addition, this exhibition will promote a broader awareness of certain aspects of the field of psychology, in which measurement plays such a vital role. 

Houcan Zhang, Professor of Psychology, Beijing Normal University, China

 

The exhibition is a brilliant and original idea, from various points of view: academic, scientific, and professional. In my opinion, however, the fundamental feature is that this exhibition will enable people to understand the importance of educational and psychological measurement and the key role that these scientific technologies play in our lives. It also reminds us that for egalitarian treatment of individuals, based on merit and ability, rigorous psychological and educational assessment is essential.

José Muñiz, Professor of Psychology and Psychometrics, Faculty of Psychology, University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain

 

I  truly believe that psychometrics, measurement and test theory are amongst the most important and useful developments in the social sciences. The impact (both positive and negative) of tests and assessments is widespread, and the exhibition can be very instrumental in helping the public gain a better understanding of what constitutes good measurement and  good use of tests and assessments. 

Michal Beller, Professor, Director-General of RAMA, The National Institute for Measurement and Evaluation in Education, Israel

 

 

Testing has more impact on people’s lives than any other product of psychology. People are tested from childhood to old age, for work and for leisure, in sickness and in health.  This exhibition provides the opportunity for the public to gain a better understanding of what tests are, how they work and why they provide us with the tools to make fairer and more objective assessments of people. In the employment sector, testing has been developed to ensure that the selection of people for jobs is carried out in a fair and objective fashion, based on merit and the fit of a person’s skills and capabilities to the requirements of the role. In other areas too, testing lends a degree of objectivity, which would otherwise be lacking, to the assessment of people. 

Dave Bartram, Director of Research, SHL Group, UK; Special Professor, University of Nottingham, UK; Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria, S. Africa.



In our eagerness to perfect the technology of testing we sometimes forget to explain what is behind it, and how testing is designed to build bridges rather than create divides. This Exhibition is a brilliant initiative as it will make an invaluable contribution to the public understanding of testing and examinations. Visitors will come out with new insights, less prejudices and have some idea of how to distinguish between good and bad testing.

Steven Bakker, PhD, Senior Consultant dutchTest and President AEA-Europe, Holland

 

 

Date Created: 23/06/10
Date Updated: 09/06/11