Cook, EdD 1979, named NCME career award recipient

Linda Cook, EdD 1979, was named a recipient of the National Council on Measurement in Education’s (NCME) 2017 award for career contributions to educational measurement.

The award honors outstanding scholars whose publications and professional activities over a career have had a widespread positive impact on the field of educational measurement. Cook will be recognized at the 2017 NCME Annual Meeting at a featured session that consists of an award ceremony followed by her presentation, “Testing Individuals with Disabilities: What Constitutes Fairness?” She will also be honored at the 2017 NCME Annual Breakfast and Business Meeting.

Cook is retired from Educational Testing Service (ETS) where she worked for 32 years. At ETS, she was an executive director of the admissions and guidance area, vice president of assessment, and director of the Center for Validity Research. Her primary research interests are the fairness and accessibility of assessments for examinees with disabilities and linking academic assessments. She had a significant impact on equating methodology.

Her research includes understanding and solving real-life statistical issues including measuring and controlling scale drift, the viability of equating methods using different sampling approaches, and factors affecting item parameter estimates. More recently she has devoted substantial effort to ensuring fairness of assessment practices for all individuals. She spearheaded a large body of psychometric research examining the comparability of tests taken with different testing accommodations.

Cook served as NCME president in 2012 and was instrumental in the creation of the Mission Fund. She also served as Vice-President of Division D of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

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