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Dec. 4, 2003

Testing's Kolen Named Educational Measurement Journal Editor

Michael Kolen, Ph.D., a professor in the University of Iowa College of Education's Iowa Testing Programs, has been appointed editor of the Journal of Educational Measurement (JEM), the major research journal of the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME).

Kolen, a former president of the NCME, will assume editing duties for issues of the JEM that will be published from 2005 to 2007.

The JEM is a quarterly journal that publishes original measurement research, reports on new measurement instruments, provides reviews of measurement publications, and reports on innovative measurement applications.

The NCME, based in Washington, D.C., is a professional organization for individuals involved in assessment, evaluation, testing and other aspects of educational measurement. Members are involved in the construction and use of standardized tests; new forms of assessment, including performance-based assessment; program design; and program evaluation.

Kolen has been with the Iowa Testing Programs and the College of Education's Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations since 1997. His research interests include educational measurement and statistics, scaling and equating tests and test theory.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from the UI, a master's degree in educational psychology and measurement from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in educational psychology and measurement from the UI.

Kolen holds memberships in the American Educational Research Association, the American Statistical Association, Phi Delta Kappa, the Psychometric Society and the Iowa Academy of Education.

In addition to serving as editor of the JEM, Kolen is a member of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) Technical Advisory Committee, the Joint Committee on Testing Practices, the Colorado Technical Advisory Council, the College Board's Psychometric Advisory Committee on the SAT and many other committees and councils.

In 1997 Kolen received the NCME's Award for Contribution to the Field of Educational Measurement and in 1994 he was named a fellow of the American Psychological Association. Earlier this year he was elected to the Iowa Academy of Education.

He is the author and coauthor of many publications on educational measurement, including the upcoming second edition of a book co-written with Robert Brennan, Ph.D., director of the UI College of Education's Center for Advanced Studies in Measurement and Assessment, titled "Test equating, scaling, and linking: Methods and Practices."

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