Dr. Hoi K. Suen

Dr. Hoi K. SuenTitle

Guiding Principles for Evaluating an Educational or Psychological Assessment


Because there is no simple standard checklist for evaluating an educational or psychological assessment, this webinar will focus on several important and timely principles for guiding an evaluation of assessment quality. Key issues to be discussed include judging the adequacy of validity evidence, score reliability/precision, and cross-cultural translation and adaptation.


Dr. Hoi K. Suen is a Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. His broad expertise in educational and psychological assessment led to the publication of 15 reviews in eight different Mental Measurements Yearbooks since becoming a reviewer in 1989, and he was recognized as a Distinguished Reviewer in 2005. His areas of specialization include psychometrics, educational assessment, and evaluation. He is the author of two books and hundreds of publications and presentations on issues related to instrument development, behavioral assessment, performance assessment, educational and psychological testing, early childhood assessment, and evaluation. He has served or is serving nationally and internationally as a consultant, invited speaker, and workshop leader to over 50 public and private organizations in eight different countries, including state departments of education, international and national testing/certification agencies, health organizations, universities, and military organizations. Additionally, he has served or is serving as a guest editor, consulting editor, editorial board member or reviewer for about 35 research journals and numerous professional conferences. 

  1. Understand the centrality of validity evidence and its dependence on claims, interpretation, and proposed uses.
  2. Acquire general overview of sources of validity evidence appropriate for certain claims and uses.
  3. Examine methods and indices regarding estimation of score reliability/precision, measures of sources of error, and item statistics.
  4. Understand the importance of construct-equivalence, empirical evidence, and key procedural safeguards for cross-cultural translated and/or adapted assessments.