Mission and more about Assessment Literacy

About the Initiative

A fundamental goal of Oscar Buros was to educate tests authors, publishers and primarily test users about sound measurement practice. In the 1940 Mental Measurements Yearbook, stated objectives for test reviews included:

  • Assisting in a discriminating selection of tests to meet needs.
  • Providing detailed and accurate information on construction, validation, uses and limitations of tests.
  • Suggesting better methods of appraising tests in light of values and needs.
  • Stimulating reconsideration of beliefs and values relevant to testing.
  • Inculcating a keener awareness of values and dangers that may accompany test use.

The Buros Assessment Literacy Initiative will continue this educative mission by expanding its instructional and educational resources.

Assessment Literacy mission and goals

Provide instructional and educational resources to improve the ability of individuals to develop and use assessments in accordance with relevant and appropriate standards and accepted guidelines for responsible test use.

  • Identify and address key issues and needs of individuals who develop, sell, select, administer, score, interpret, and/or use assessment information.
  • Produce efficient, effective and up-to-date resources to improve the science and practice of testing and assessment.
  • Meet the needs of a variety of organizations.
    • Including but not limited to K-12 education, higher education, state/national government, business/industry and community organizations.
  • Broadly address potential audiences.
    • Including but not limited to educators, psychologists, counselors, administrators, policy makers, and testing/training professionals. Engage, involve and partner with colleagues locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Lead and contribute to scholarly discussions about assessment education and needs.