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April 23, 2004

Brennan Is Recipient Of E.F. Lindquist Award

Robert Brennan, E.F. Lindquist Chair in Measurement and Testing in the University of Iowa College of Education and founding director of the college's Center for Advanced Studies in Measurement and Assessment (CASMA), has received the 2004 American Educational Research Association (AERA)-ACT E.F. Lindquist Award.

The award recognizes a distinguished research scientist for significant contributions to the field of educational measurement. The award was formally given to Brennan during the recent AERA annual meeting in San Diego.

Brennan, Ed.D., served as president of the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), vice president of Division D of the AERA and president of the Iowa Academy of Education. He is a fellow of Division 5 (Evaluation and Measurement) of APA and his numerous awards include an NCME Award for Career Contributions to Educational Measurement and an NCME Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution to the Field of Educational Measurement.

Brennan is best known for his work on generalizability theory, which provides a conceptual framework and set of statistical procedures for characterizing the fallibility of educational measurements. The model is used widely in large-scale testing programs.

In 1983, Brennan published his book "Elements of Generalizability Theory," which provided a comprehensive treatment of a theory introduced by Lee J. Cronbach and his colleagues in 1972. Brennan's book became the standard reference for this theory and has been used by pscyhometricians and in graduate programs throughout the world.

In 2001, Brennan published a second book, "Generalizability Theory," which provides a comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of the theory.

In 2002, Brennan stepped down as longtime director of the Iowa Testing Programs to become the first director of the new Center for Advanced Studies in Measurement and Assessment. CASMA's primary mission is to pursue research-based initiatives that lead to advancements in the methodology and practice of educational measurement and assessment. The long-term vision for CASMA is that it be widely recognized as a premier interdisciplinary center that performs, promotes, fosters, and disseminates high quality research in measurement and assessment in education as well as other disciplines.

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