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Editors note: If you would like a review copy of the documentary described in the following release, contact Emily Mazza at The Merrow Report at (212) 941-8060.

Release: Immediate

UI achievement test expert featured on PBS documentary June 24

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- H.D. Hoover, professor of education at the University of Iowa, is featured as one of the country's leading experts on standardized achievement tests in a nationally broadcast documentary airing on the Iowa Public Television Network (IPTV) at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 24.

Hoover, director of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills program at the UI College of Education, and five other experts discuss issues surrounding educational testing in an hour-long installment of The Merrow Report called "Testing ... Testing ... Testing."

Stations in the IPTV system carrying the program include KDIN-TV (channel 11) in Des Moines; KBIN-TV (ch. 32) in Council Bluffs; KTIN-TV (ch. 21) in Fort Dodge; KIIN-TV (ch. 12) in Iowa City; KYIN-TV (ch. 24) in Mason City; KHIN (ch. 36) in Red Oak; KSIN-TV (ch. 27) in Sioux City; and KRIN-TV (ch. 32) in Waterloo.

The Merrow Report, hosted by John Merrow, is the Public Broadcasting Service's premier documentary series on youth and learning. The quarterly series has won awards from the Education Writers Association, the National Association of Black Journalists and other education and journalism groups.

Formatted as a multiple-choice exam taken by the six experts, the documentary explores the history, goals, policies and other educational and social issues involving standardized testing of school children. More than 140 million standardized tests are taken by K-12 students each year in the United States.

Testing, the program notes, was "transformed into a billion-dollar industry" beginning in the 1950s, thanks largely to the work of the late E.F. Lindquist. (Lindquist, UI professor of education and founder of the Iowa Testing Programs, developed an optical scanning technology that allowed tests to be scored quickly by machine.)

Hoover has directed the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills program, one of the oldest and most widely used sets of standardized tests in the country, since 1987. He has been writing, researching and developing standardized achievement tests since joining the Iowa Testing Programs in 1964.

He also has served an officer or board member in several national and state organizations for testing and measurement professionals.