Term Description
ACT Testing and research organization in Iowa City; also the name of its college admissions test. Originally the letters stood for American College Testing Program.
AEA Area Education Agencies in Iowa; part of Iowa Department of Education.
AEA American Evaluation Association
AERA American Educational Research Association
AERJ American Educational Research Journal - a journal
AIR American Institute of Research; testing and research organization
AME Applied Measurement in Education - a journal
ANOVA ANalysis Of VAriance
AP Advanced Placement program and test sponsored by the College Board; allows high school students to earn college credit.
APA American Psychological Association
APM Applied Psychological Measurement - a journal
ASAP As soon as possible
ASVAB  Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a multi-aptitude test battery
AYP Adequate yearly progress, a component of NCLB
BILOG Software for IRT
CASMA Center for Advanced Studies in Measurement and Assessment at UI
CAT Computerized adaptive testing
CCSSO Council of Chief State School Officers
CEA Center for Evaluation and Assessment at UI
COE College of Education at UI
College Board College Entrance Examination Board, organization that developed the SAT college entrance exam.
CR Cedar Rapids, city near Iowa City
CRESST National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing at University of California-Los Angeles
DE or DOE Department of Education - can refer to state (Iowa) or federal
DI Daily Iowan, UI's student newspaper
DIF Differential item functioning
DIMTEST Software for dimensionality assessment
Ed Meas 4 Educational Measurement, 4th edition edited by Dr. Robert Brennan. Important reference book in the field of measurement.
ELA or ELAR English Language Arts (and Reading)
ELL English Language Learners (see also LEP)
ELP English Language Proficiency, as in ELP tests, ELP standards
EMIP Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice - a journal
EOC End of course, as in EOC test; usually used in secondary education settings
EPM Educational and Psychological Measurement - a journal
ERIC Education Resources Information Center, database for journal articles and research reports in the field of education.
ETS Educational Testing Services; testing and research organization; administers tests such as the TOEFL and GRE.
FAQ Frequently asked questions
FYI For your information
GA Graduate Assistant (graduate student)
GENOVA Software for generalizability theory
GSAC UI Graduate Student Advisory Committee for Educational Measurement & Statistics
G-theory Generalizability theory
HAPI Health and Psychosocial Instruments; database to find articles in which certain assessments and tests are used for research
HLM Hierarchical linear modeling
IC Iowa City
IEREA Iowa Educational Research and Evaluation Association
IES Institute of Education Sciences, part of U.S. Department of Education
IRT Item response theory
ITBS Iowa Tests of Basic Skills
ITED Iowa Tests of Educational Development
ITP Iowa Testing Programs at UI; developer of ITBS and ITED
JAM Journal of applied measurement - a journal (not online)
JEBS Journal of educational and behavioral statistics - a journal
JEM Journal of Educational Measurement - a journal
JER Journal of Educational Research - a journal
LC Lindquist Center at UI; home of College of Education
LEA Local educational agency;can refer to a public school district, or a body that oversees multiple schools.
LEP Limited English Proficient students (see also ELL)
LISREL Software for factor analysis
Lord & Novick Refers to the classic book Statistical Theories of Mental Test Scores by Frederic M. Lord and Melvin R. Novick published in 1969
measstat or M&S Educational Measurement & Statistics program at UI
MMY Mental Measurements Yearbook database of test reviews
MANOVA Multivariate ANalysis Of VAriance
McREL Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning
MAP Measures of Academic Progress, achievement test produced by NWEA
MULTILOG Software for IRT
MWERA Mid-Western Educational Research Association
NAEP National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as "the Nation's Report Card"
NCES National Center for Education Statistics
NCLB No Child Left Behind
NCME National Council on Measurement in Education
NCTM National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
NCTE National Council of Teachers of English
NAGB National Assessment Governing Board; sets policies for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
NWEA Northwest Evaluation Association; testing & research; developer of MAP test
PARE Practical assessment, research and evaluation - a journal
PARSCALE Software for IRT
P & Q Psychological and Quantitative Foundations Department at UI
PIRLS Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, an international comparative study of the reading literacy
PISA Programme for International Student Assessment, an internationally standardised assessment
PsycINFO Database of articles, books, dissertations related to psychology
Q and A Questions and answers
R Software for statistical analysis
RA Research Assistant (graduate student)
REL Regional Educational Laboratory Program; part of U.S. Department of Education. 10 regions: Appalachia - Central - Mid Atlantic - Midwest - Northeast and Islands - Northwest - Pacific - Southeast - Southwest - West.
RER Review of educational research - a journal
RIT Rasch Unit, a scoring scale named for Georg Rasch, a Danish mathematician
RRE Review of research in education - a journal
RTTT Race to the Top Race; competitive federally funded program intended to reward states for K12 educational innovation and reform.
SAS Software for statistical analysis
SAT-10 Stanford Achievement Test, 10th edition. Achievement test for kindergarten-12 grade. Produced by Pearson Assessment company.
SAT College admissions test (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test)
SEA State education agency (or state department of education); formal governmental label for the state-level government agencies within each U.S. state.
SEM Standard error of measurement
SEM Structural equation modeling
SEM Structural equation modeling - a journal
SIBTEST software for dimensionality-based DIF analysis
SPSS software for statistical analysis
SSI Scientific Software International company
T and T UI Course 7P:258 Educational Measurement: Theory and Techniques
TA Teaching assistant (graduate student)
TBA to be arranged
TBD to be decided
TESTFACT Software for multidimensional IRT
TIMSS Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
TOC Table of contents
UI or U of I University of Iowa