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Oct. 2, 2007

Koretz to speak on test-based accountability at Oct. 11 Coffman Lecture

Daniel Koretz from the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing will address issues of test-based accountability in the University of Iowa William E. Coffman Lecture from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Jones Commons of the E.F. Lindquist Center on the UI campus. A reception will follow. Both events are free and open to the public.

In the United States, the use of large-scale assessments for monitoring and accountability has grown since Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. In the past decade, new test-based monitoring and accountability programs have been implemented in many countries around the world. Koretz will discuss issues related to this growth in his lecture, "Test-Based Accountability Comes of Age: Implications for Policy and Educational Measurement."

Koretz is a professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the associate director of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing. He earned a doctorate in developmental psychology and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Cornell University. Koretz has contributed to numerous publications and is a member of many advisory committees and professional organizations, including the American Educational Research Association and the National Council on Measurement in Education.

His presentation will explore the growth of test-based accountability and describe the latest research findings about its effects. Koretz will also discuss some of the most significant challenges test-based accountability poses for both policy and measurement.

"This lecture will be of value to any educator who is interested in the use of tests as part of an accountability system in our schools," said Iowa Measurement Research Foundation (IMRF) President Robert Forsyth, who is also a professor emeritus in the UI College of Education.

The UI-based IMRF initiated the Coffman Lecture Series in the fall of 1995. The series continued as an annual event through 2002. No lectures were given in 2003 or 2004. The lectures resumed in the fall of 2005.

William E. Coffman served on the faculty of the UI College of Education's Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations from 1969 to 1981. During that time he was the director of the Iowa Testing Programs as well as the first E.F. Lindquist Professor of Educational Measurement. While at the UI, Coffman was recognized for his writings on the reliability and validity of essay examinations and on the appropriate use of test results. Coffman died on Jan. 12, 1998.

For more information about the lecture or for special accommodations to attend this event, contact Forsyth at 319-335-5412, or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Robert Forsyth, Iowa Testing Programs, 319-335-5412,; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,; Writer: Stacie Carpenter