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UI's Brennan and colleague receive national award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robert L. Brennan, director of the Iowa Testing Programs at the University of Iowa College of Education, and Michael J. Kolen, an adjunct assistant professor in the College, have been honored by a national organization for their work in educational testing.

Brennan, the E.F. Lindquist Professor of Educational Measurement, and Kolen, a researcher at American College Testing (ACT) in Iowa City, received the award for Outstanding Technical Contribution to the Field of Educational Measurement from the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME).

The two were cited for their 1995 book, "Test Equating: Methods and Practices," which NCME described as of "lasting value to the theoretician and the practitioner."

The award was presented at NCME's annual conference March 26 in Chicago.

Brennan, the past president of NCME, joined the UI College of Education in 1994. Prior to that he was assistant vice president for measurement research and distinguished research scientist at American College Testing (ACT) in Iowa City.

Kolen earned his doctorate in educational measurement and statistics from the UI.