February 17, 2009
For immediate release
Rebecca Zwick of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School has been invited to join the National Research Council’s Board on Testing and Assessment (BOTA). The BOTA consists of experts from a range of disciplines relevant to testing and assessment – psychology, statistics, education, economics, law, business, anthropology, sociology, and politics – as well as practitioners with experience in test use. Formed under the auspices of the National Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academies, the Board combines the Academies’ practice of drawing on the leading experts in the nation with its interest in providing scientific advice and guidance to public agencies and the general public on issues of significance. Among the issues BOTA considers are: the uses of tests as policy tools, civil rights implications of tests, and innovative methods of assessment.
Zwick received a doctorate in quantitative methods in education at the University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. in Statistics from Rutgers University. After completing her Ph.D., she was a postdoctoral fellow at the L. L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Zwick then spent 12 years as a researcher at Educational Testing Service in Princeton. Since joining the Department of education at the Gevirtz School in 1996, she has been developing and teaching courses in educational statistics and psychometrics. She recently completed a National Science Foundation project in which her research team developed and evaluated instructional materials to help educators to better interpret standardized test results. In her latest project, she is exploring the effect of high school quality on the predictive validity of SAT scores and high school grade-point average. Zwick serves on technical advisory committees for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the Programme in International Student Assessment (PISA), and the SAT.
[Rebecca Zwick is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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