Educational Testing Service

April 02, 2010 08:00 ET

Robert J. Mislevy Appointed to Frederic M. Lord Chair in Measurement & Statistics

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - April 2, 2010) -  Dr. Robert J. Mislevy will assume the Frederic M. Lord Chair in Measurement and Statistics at Educational Testing Service (ETS), company officials announced today. He is currently a professor in the Department of Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation, and an Affiliated Professor of Second Language Acquisition and of Survey Methods, at the University of Maryland, College Park. Mislevy worked at ETS from 1984 to 2001.

The ETS Board of Trustees created the Lord Chair to honor the outstanding achievements and contributions of the late Frederick M. Lord, not just to ETS but nationally and internationally in the fields of statistics and psychometrics. In addition, the position honors the achievements of an individual whose research in these fields has built on the foundations created by Dr. Lord. Mislevy succeeds Dr. Paul Holland, first holder of the Lord Chair. 

"We are extremely pleased that Dr. Mislevy is returning to ETS to assume the Lord Chair in Measurement and Statistics," said ETS President and CEO Kurt Landgraf. "Fred Lord was a pioneer in the field of educational measurement, and his innovative work was instrumental in helping ETS advance quality and equity in education. This is more critical than ever today, and Dr. Mislevy's demonstrated leadership in cognitive psychology and educational measurement will be incredibly important in helping us meet our mission."

Mislevy received his Ph.D. in Methodology of Behavioral Research at the University of Chicago. He has published two monographs and three edited volumes. In addition, he has published more than 150 journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports, including the chapter on Cognitive Psychology and Educational Assessment in the 4th edition of "Educational Measurement." He is a co-holder of three patents.

"Dr. Mislevy is the perfect fit for this role, given his exceptional work in applying advances in statistics, technology, and the learning and cognitive sciences to practical problems in educational assessment. We are extraordinarily fortunate to have Bob rejoin ETS," added Senior Vice President Ida Lawrence, who leads ETS's Research and Development Division where Dr. Mislevy will be located.

Among his honors and awards are the National Council of Measurement in Education's award for career contributions to educational measurement and the American Educational Research Association's Lindquist Award for contributions to educational measurement. In 1994, he was elected president of the Psychometric Society, and in 2007 was elected to the National Academy of Education. He has served on the Defense Language Testing Advisory Board, the Board of Testing and Assessment, and committees of the National Research Council on issues concerning assessment, instruction, and cognitive psychology. Mislevy also was a primary author of the final report of the National Assessment Governing Board's Design Feasibility Team.

The holder of the Lord Chair will work to advance the field of educational measurement and contribute to the improvement of ETS products and services by providing intellectual leadership, conducting and disseminating research, and providing consultation to ETS staff and clients, especially in the areas of measurement and statistics. He will assume the Lord Chair on
February 1, 2011.

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