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“In the wonderful The ABCs of Educational Testing, Jim Popham says, “Too few folks who should know something about educational testing do not,” and sadly, he is right. If people in his five target audiences (teachers, educational administrators, educational policymakers, parents of school-age children, and everyday citizens) read this entertaining (yes, “entertaining,” a word not often associated with educational testing!) and informative book it would go a long way toward correcting this unfortunate reality.
“With The ABC’s of Educational Testing, Jim Popham continues his quest to support and enlighten all who have a stake in improving our educational systems. This short but immensely powerful instrument is in the form of a 10-chapter “chat” about the often-inscrutable business of student testing in our schools.
"This is a wonderfully entertaining book about a most serious matter—what teachers and other educators need to know about testing—written by one of our nation's finest educators and most engaging writers. The ABCs of Educational Testing is a highly readable, engaging, and authoritative book that allows teachers to design, use, and interpret educational tests in an appropriate way.
In this wonderfully entertaining book, Jim Popham provides us with a concise and readable summary of the absolute essentials of educational assessment. With the sure touch of someone who really understands his subject, he makes complex, abstract ideas accessible to everyone. Anyone who is interested in how to improve education—teachers, administrators, policymakers, parents—needs to read this book.
“Jim Popham has done it again! He has found the topic that educators must understand in this quantitative age—testing and accountability—and once more writes with clarity, grace, and a little levity about technical matters. I can’t think of a better way to communicate the essential information that on its face may look daunting. Jim’s book is approachable and helpful.”