Perfecting the Test

Perfecting the Test

“Three things are certain: Death, taxes and life-altering tests.”

These tests will determine whether a person advances to the next grade in school. Or whether they get into the university of their choice.

“The better the score, the better set you are for life,” says UNCG’s Dr. Randall Penfield. “It’s a gatekeeper.”

Will the test be fair? Will you be treated equally to the other students around you – or students around the country and the world? How can you tell it’s a level playing field?

Researchers are working to ensure the tests – and every item on them – are as fair as humanly possible, using sophisticated statistical methodologies. Penfield, an innovator in the field, is dedicated to the cause.

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