Hambleton Receives Thomas Oakland Award for Contributions to Testing, Assessment

Ronald K. Hambleton, Distinguished University Professor and executive director of the College of Education’s Center for Educational Assessment, has received the inaugural Thomas Oakland Award for Distinguished Contributions to Testing and Assessment from the International Test Commission (ITC).

The ITC is an association of national psychological associations, test commissions, publishers and other organizations committed to promoting effective testing and assessment policies and to the proper development, evaluation and uses of educational and psychological instruments.

The award is named in honor of University of Florida College of Education professor of school psychology Thomas Oakland, a preeminent scholar in his field who died in 2010.  In 1995, Hambleton co-edited a book with Oakland titled “International Perspectives on Assessment.”

Hambleton is the author or co-editor of eight books, and author or co-author of more than 700 research papers, reports, and reviews.  His current and recent research topics include computer-based testing, multi-stage test designs, validity of emerging item types for assessment, development and validation of new methods for setting standards on performance assessments, methods and guidelines for adapting tests from one language and culture to another, design and field-testing of new approaches for reporting test scores, and technical issues in large-scale assessment programs.

He has also directed research contracts with the American Board of Certified Public Accountants, College Board, Educational Testing Service, Harcourt Educational Measurement, Measurement Progress, Microsoft, Massachusetts Department of Education, and Pearson Educational Measurement.

Hambleton currently chairs a new committee of the ITC to develop the second edition of guidelines for test adaptation (2005-2016), and serves on two additional committees of the ITC. He has served on the ITC council since 1982, and finally retired from the council in 2014.

Hambleton earned his B.A. in 1966 from the University of Waterloo in Canada with majors in mathematics and psychology, and an M.A. in 1967 and Ph.D. in 1969 from the University of Toronto with specialties in psychometric methods and statistics. At UMass Amherst, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for distinguished scientific research contributions in 1994 and the College of Education’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 1997.  He was named Distinguished University Professor in 1998.