Educational Testing Service

February 27, 2009 09:00 ET

Michael Kane, Ph.D., Named to Samuel J. Messick Chair in Test Validity

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - February 27, 2009) - Educational Testing Service, the world's largest educational research and assessment organization, has announced that Dr. Michael Kane will become the first holder of the Samuel J. Messick Chair in Test Validity.

The holder of the Messick 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 practice and theory of test validation. Kane will leave his position as Research Director at the National Council of Bar Examiners to accept this position at ETS on Sept. 1, 2009.

The ETS Board of Trustees created the Messick Chair in the fall of 2008 to honor the outstanding achievements and contributions of the late Samuel J. Messick, not just to ETS but nationally and internationally in the fields of psychology and psychometrics. In addition, the position honors the achievements of an individual whose research in the area of validity theory and practice has built on the foundations created by Dr. Messick.

Kane received his Ph.D. in education from Stanford University. He has written more than 75 journal articles and book chapters, including the chapter on validation in the fourth edition of Educational Measurement. In his long and distinguished career Kane taught at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; the State University of New York at Stony Brook; the University of Iowa; and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

In addition, he has served as Vice President of Research, and as a Senior Research Scientist, at American College Testing, and as Director of Test Development at the National League of Nursing.

"We are extremely pleased that Dr. Kane has agreed to assume the Messick Chair in Test Validity," said ETS President and CEO Kurt Landgraf. "Sam Messick was a pioneer in the field of educational measurement, and his writing and practice in the area of validity was instrumental in helping ETS advance quality and equity in education. This is more critical than ever today, and Kane's demonstrated leadership in the validity arena will be incredibly important in helping us meet our mission."

"He is the perfect fit for this role, given his exceptional record of research in the area of validity -- we are extraordinarily fortunate to have Michael join ETS," adds ETS's Research & Development Division Senior Vice President Ida Lawrence, who leads the area where Kane will be located.

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