UMassAmherst: Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics (REMP)
Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics (REMP)

Upcoming CEA/REMP Seminars: Dr. Mary Pitoniak and Professor Terry Ackerman to Speak at UMass

The Center for Educational Assessment at UMass is very pleased to announce the following two seminars for December 2006.

Dr. Mary Pitoniak of Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, will speak on Monday, December 4, 2006 at 12 p.m. in Hills South room 151. The topic of Dr. Pitoniak's talk will be "What a difference scaling makes".

The following week, on Monday, December 11, 2006, Professor Terry Ackerman of the University of North Carolina - Greensboro will present "Graphical Displays for IRT Multidimensional Modeling" at 12 p.m. in 151 Hills South.

Mary J. Pitoniak At ETS, Mary J. Pitoniak is a lead program administrator in the Research and Development Division, working with research activities associated with NAEP and special study requests. Dr. Pitoniak also directs the activities of the NAEP Technical Advisory Committee, and has published extensively in areas of testing accommodations for students with disabilities, standard-setting, and computer-based testing, including chapters in the Handbook of Test Development and the fourth edition of Educational Measurement. Furthermore, alongside her many postgraduate professional accomplishments, Dr. Pitoniak is a 2003 Ph.D. graduate of UMass, where she studied educational psychology and psychometric methods.
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Terry Ackerman Terry Ackerman is Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Educational Research Methodology Program at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, NC. His research and teaching interests include educational measurement and practical applications of item response theories, such as computerized adaptive testing, test construction, equating, differential item/test functioning and ability estimation, as well as the theory and application of multidimensional item response theory and applied statistics. Professor Ackerman has been involved in a number of large-scale testing programs including the ACT assessment, the LSAT, and Illinois state tests. Prior to joining the UNC-G faculty in 1999, he taught at University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign and had also worked at ACT, Inc.
Photo credit: UNC-G


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