Professor, School of Education, Boston College
Senior Research Associate, Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Educational Policy (CSTEEP), Boston College
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1977 Harvard University, Ed.D. Program in Administration, Planning and Social Policy. Dissertation: The Measurement of Educational Equality.
1972 Harvard University, Ed.M. Specialization in educational planning.
1968 Michigan State University, B.Sc. Biochemistry, high honors. Senior Thesis: Amino Acid Pools and their Turnover Rates in Cultured Tobacco Cells.
RECENT MAJOR WORK EXPERIENCE
1986 to present. Associate Professor (1986-1992) and Professor (1993) Boston College School of Education, and Senior Research Associate, Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Educational Policy (CSTEEP), Boston College. Responsibilities include teaching courses on educational applications of computers, management uses of computers in education, research on educational technology, courseware authoring and qualitative research methods; directing summer computer camp; participating in various research and evaluation projects of the Center; and serving as student advisor and on various School of Education, student dissertation and university-wide committees.
1995-96 Consultant to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, concerning case of alleged sex discrimination in the National Merit Scholarship program.
1995-1996 Director of "Assessment in Middle Schools: Using Assessment to Guide Reform" project under a grant from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation Student Achievement Program.
Expert witness on testing and assessment for the Office of the Attorney General of New York in litigation concerning New York's Standardized Testing Act of 1980 (commonly referred to as New York's Truth-in-Testing Act).
1994 Expert witness on admissions testing for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Ayers v. Fordice federal court case.
1993-96 Director of Co-NECT School Accountability Assessment project, under contracts with Bolt Beranek and Newman, with funding from the New American Schools Development Corporation.
1989-91 Senior fellow on staff of National Commission on Testing and Public Policy.
1987-1990 Director, Educational Technology Program, Boston College, and coordinator of Educational Resource Center (with Fred Pula) 1987-89.
1983- 1986 Director, Educational Technology Program, Adjunct Associate Professor and Senior Research Associate, Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Educational Policy, Boston College.
1981-1983 Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education. Responsibilities included teaching of course on standardized testing, advising students and supervising independent study courses.
1977-1982 Staff Director of the Huron Institute's National Consortium on Testing Project. Work included administration of Consortium, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, planning and overseeing of semiannual membership conferences, writing and distribution of staff circulars, lecturing and representing the Consortium at other groups' meetings and conferences.
1979-1981 Co-Director of study, funded under the Congressionally - mandated NIE study of vocational education, to conduct literature review and analysis of national longitudinal data sets in an effort to synthesize best available evidence on effects of vocational education.
1977-1978 Co-Director of project to develop models and instructional materials for evaluation of Title I early childhood education projects, under contract to U.S. Office of Education.
1975-1977 Director of the Huron Institute's project on the national evaluation of Project Follow Through; including provision of technical assistance to the USOE's Follow Through Evaluation Branch, analytical review of ten years of previous evaluation studies, and carrying out of special studies for the USOE Follow Through Evaluation Branch.
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
Other work experience includes: invited testimony on national testing policies before the Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary and Vocational Education of the U.S. Congress in 1990 and 1992; working as a consultant to the National Academy of Education, the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Civil Rights, the office of the Attorney General of New York, the Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy of the National Research Council, the National Institute of Education, the U.S. Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Hogan and Hartson, the McKenzie Group, the Macy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, the American Institutes for Research, the Education Development Center, International Voluntary Services, the Huron Institute, and a number of school systems; editor of Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, and the Harvard Educational Review; teaching assistant for a Harvard University graduate course on educational statistics; data analyst for the Brookline Early Educational Project; tutor for a Harvard University undergraduate honors reading course, "Education and Social Theory"; a research assistant for the Harvard University Office of Evaluation and Testing, and for the Academy for Education Development; mathematics teacher at the Ecole Superieure de Pedagogie in Ban Dongsapanmuk, Laos (2 years), and at the Fa Ngum Comprehensive School in Vientiane, Laos, (1 year); administrator of the National Lao Student Summer Work Experience (2 years) sponsored by the Royal Lao Ministry of Youth and the U.S. Agency for International Development; deck-hand and chief Bosun's mate on the Brigantine Romance in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific; and an apiarist.
This is a picture of the Brigantine Romance, on which Walt served as crewman and chief Bosun's mate in 1966 and 1967. The picture at the top of this page is of the Romance anchored in Tagus Cove in the Galapagos Islands August 16, 1966.
HONORS, APPOINTMENTS AND AWARDS
1996 Invited commentary before the Committee on Rights and Responsibilities of Joint Committee on Testing Practices
1993 Appointed to the national advisory board of the American Journal of Education. Appointed to the Nominating Committee of Division D of the American Educational Research Association.
1992 Nominated by the American Council on Education to membership on the National Assessment Governing Board. Invited to become founding member of editorial board of journal Educational Assessment, edited by Robert Calfee. Reviewer of the U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment report, Testing in American Schools: Asking the Right Questions. OTA-SET-519. Washington, DC U.S. Government Printing Office, February, 1992. Invited Testimony before the Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary and Vocational Education, House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, February 4, 1992 (concerning Raising Standards for American Education, report of the National Council on Education Standards and Testing, January 1992).
1991 Reappointed to editorial board of the Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice. Appointed to Boston College's Academic Technology Committee
1989 Appointed senior fellow to the National Commission on Testing and Public Policy. Appointed to the Boston College Committee on Strategic Planning and Communications.
1988 Appointed as Boston College representative to the Northeast Holmes Group. Appointed to National Advisory Board of the Educational Resources Information Center's (ERIC) Tests and Measurements Clearinghouse. Appointed to editorial board of the Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice.
1987 Appointed advisor to the National Commission on Testing and Public Policy. Appointed chair of the Instructional and Research Computing Committee of Boston College.
1986 Elected chair of the Boston College Academic Vice President's Computer Advisory Committee.
1985 Listed among "Who's Who in the Great Debate" in B. and R. Gross (Eds). The Great School Debate: Which Way for American Education? Simon and Shuster.
1984 Appointed as editor of Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice. (3 year term). 1984 Elected to Test Committee of the Secondary School Admissions Test Board.
1983 Elected Chairman of the Governor's Working Group on Educational Assessment and appointed as member of Working Group on Educational Technology.
1983 Elected Chairman, School Committee of Town of Westminster, MA.
1982 Appointed as advisor to the Joint Committee to revise the Standards for Educational and Psychological Tests.
1981 Elected to School Committee of Town of Westminster, MA.
1975 Appointed to the Board of Directors, The Huron Institute.
1974 Elected to the Editorial Board of the Harvard Educational Review. 1973 Elected to Board of Directors, International Voluntary Services.
1968 B.Sc. with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa.
1964-1968 Merit Scholar, Michigan State University.
PUBLICATIONS AND REPORTS
Essay review of Authentic Assessment in Action. Teachers College Record, forthcoming 1997.
Testing writing on computers: An experiment comparing student perfromance on tests conducted via computer and via paper-and-pencil Education Policy Analysis Archives Vol. 5, No. 3 (January 15, 1997). (With Michael Russell) A full copy of this article is available via the WWW at Education Policy Analysis Archives (http://olam.ed.asu.edu/epaa)
Focusing assessments on teaching and learning. (1996). New Schools, New Communities. 12:2(Winter 1996) pp. 11-20.
Calibrating scores on two measures of adult literacy: An equating study of the Test of Adult Literacy Skills (TALS) Document Test and the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) GAIN Appraisal Reading Test (Form 2). Report prepared for the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, 1994. (With Larry Ludlow, Anastasia Raczek, Sonia Stryker and Ann Jones).
Surmounting outcomes accountability in education. Report prepared for the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment. 1994 (With Anastasia Raczek).
Preventing cheating on standardized tests. The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 29, 1993, p. B3.
Cheating and Escheating on Standardized Tests. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Atlanta, Georgia.
The Fractured Marketplace for Standardized Testing. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers. Boston: Kluwer, 1993 (with George Madaus and Robert Lyons).
Minorities and Testing. In Lois Weis and Michelle Fine (Eds.) Beyond silenced voices : Class race and gender in United States schools. Albany New York: State University of New York Press, 1993, pp. 45-73.
Testing and evaluation. Learning from the projects we fund. New York: Council for Aid to Education, 1992. (With George F. Madaus and Amelia Kreitzer)
Cautions on the future of NAEP: Arguments against using NAEP tests and data reporting below the state level. In Assessing student achievement in the states: Background papers. Stanford, CA: National Academy of Education, 1992 pp. 363-40. (With George F. Madaus)
The testing industry. In M. Alkin (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Educational Research, 6th ed. Vol. 4. Washington D.C. American Educational Research Association, 1992, pp. 1406-1409 (with George Madaus).
Issue commentary (on whether new national tests would motivate students to work harder in school). ASCD Update 33: 8 (Nov. 1991) p. 7.
Chicken Little and the fall in SAT scores. Orlando Sentinel, September 1, 1991, pp. G1, G5.
We must take care: Fitting assessments to functions. In V. Perrone (Ed.) Expanding Student Assessment. Alexandria VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1991, pp. 142-163.
From gatekeeper to gateway: Transforming testing in America. Report of the National Commission on Testing and Public Policy. May 1990. (Contributor).
Evolution of Ethical and Technical standards. In R. Hambleton and J Zaal (Eds.) Advances in Educational and Psychological testing: Theory and Applications. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1990, pp. 395-425. (with G. Madaus).
Judge's Opinion on Testing Law was Regrettably Shortsighted. The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 28, 1990 (Volume XXXVI, No. 24), p. B2.
Preservice Evaluation of Teachers. In J. Millman and L. Darling Hammond (Eds.) The New Handbook of Teacher Evaluation: Assessing Elementary and Secondary School Teachers. Newbury Park: CA, 1990, pp. 46-61.
Searching for alternatives to standardized tests: Whys, whats and whithers. Phi Delta Kappan 70:9, May 1989 pp. 683-687 (with George Madaus).
Competency testing and dropouts. In Weis, L., & Petrie, H. G. (Eds.) Dropouts from school: Issues, dilemmas and solutions. (pp. 129-152) Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1989 (with Amelia Kreitzer and George Madaus).
Making sense of school testing. In B. Gifford (Ed.) Test Policy and test performance: Educational, language and culture. (Planning papers for the National Commission on Testing and Public Policy) Boston: Kluwer, 1989, pp. 51-62.
Computers in Education. In Madaus, G., Kellaghan, T., and Schwab, R. (Eds.). Teach Them Well: An introduction to education. New York: Harper and Row, 1989, pp. 407-427.
Computing the Number of Immigrant Students in the United States. In National Coalition of Advocates for Students. New Voices: Immigrant Students in U.S. Public Schools. Boston, MA: Author, 1988, pp. 134-135. (This is a summary of a longer unpublished report prepared for NCAS on the general problem of estimating the number of immigrants in the United States, legal or undocumented, who were of school age as of October 1, 1986).
Charms talismanic: Testing teachers for the improvement of American education. In E. Rothkopf (Ed.) Review of Research in Education, 1987 Volume 14. (With G. Madaus and A. Kreitzer), pp. 169-238.
Talking with children about tests: An exploratory study of test item ambiguity. In R. Freedle and R. Duran (Eds.) Cognitive and Linguistic Analyses of Test Performance. Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1987, pp. 298-368. (With L. Scott. This chapter is a revision of the report by the same authors originally issued in 1977 as a National Consortium on Testing Staff Circular).
College admissions testing and high school curriculum: Uncertain connections and future directions. In Measures in the College Admissions Process: A College Board Colloquium. New York: College Entrance Examination Board, 1986, pp. 32-52.
Evaluation of the Massachusetts Vocational Curriculum Resource Center. Final Report for a study conducted by the Boston College Center for the Study of Testing for the Massachusetts Department of Education's Division of Occupational Education, October 1986 (With John Zuman).
Effects of standardized testing and the future of the National Assessment of Educational progress. Working paper for the National Academy of Education's NAEP study group, September 1986 (With George Madaus).
Coaching for tests and examinations. In T. Husen and T. N. Postlewaite (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of Education: Research and Studies, Oxford: Pergamon, 1985, pp. 776-777.
Improving efforts to identify effective educational programs: A comparison of the Joint Dissemination Review Panel with similar federal efforts. Report prepared for the U.S. Department of Education Office of Planning, Budget and Evaluation. 1985.
Making testing more educational. Educational Leadership, October, 1985 pp. 4 -13.
Testing reasoning and reasoning about testing. Review of Educational Research, Winter 1984 (Vol. 54: No. 4), pp. 597-654.
Putting the child before the score. Family Learning Guide to Standardized Tests, September/October 1984 (Vol. 1, No. 4), pp. 9-10.
Report of the governor's Working group on Educational Assessment. Boston, MA: Governor's Office of Educational Affairs, January 1984. Validity and competency tests: The Debra P. Case, conceptions of validity and strategies for the future. In G. F. Madaus (Ed.) The courts, validity and minimum competency testing. Boston: Kluwer, 1983, pp. 63-91.
In and Out of High School: Trends in Secondary School Enrollment, Graduation and Postsecondary Experience. Paper prepared for the Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy of the National Academy of Sciences, The National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, 1983.
Disabilities of Committee Testing: A Review of the Report of the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Ability Testing. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practices. 1:3, Fall 1982, pp. 13-18.
Review of S. J. Gould's The Mismeasure of Man. Harvard Educational Review, 52, May 1982, pp. 221-225.
Secondary Vocational Education, Basic Skills, and Employment. Report prepared for the National Institute of Education's Congressionally-mandated Study of Vocational Education. Cambridge MA: The Huron Institute, 1982. (With Elinor Woods).
Classroom Monitoring and Assessment. In L. Reed and S. Ward (Eds.) Basic Skills Issues and Choices Vol. 1. St. Louis, MO: CEMREL, 1982, pp. 125-130. (With Vito Perrone).
Does Vocational Education Make A Difference? A Review of Previous Research and Reanalyses of National Longitudinal Data Sets. Report prepared for the National Institute of Education's Congressionally-mandated Study of Vocational Education. Cambridge, MA: The Huron Institute, September, 1981. (With Elinor Woods).
Federal Requirements for the Evaluation of Vocational Educational Programs. Report prepared for the National Institute of Education's Congressionally-mandated Study of Vocational Education. Cambridge, MA: The Huron Institute, August 1981.
Validity, Vaudeville and Values: A Short History of Social Concerns over Standardized Testing, American Psychologist, 36:10 (October 1981), pp. 1021-1034.
Basic Skills Assessment in South Carolina: How Progressive an Approach to Minimum Competency Testing? National Consortium on Testing Staff Circular, No. 8. Cambridge, MA: The Huron Institute, January 1981. (With M. Garet, R. Murchison, and C. Kimmel).
Talking with Children About Tests: A Pilot Study of Test Item Ambiguity. National Consortium on Testing Staff Circular No. 7. Cambridge, MA: The Huron Institute, August 1980. (With Laurie Scott).
The APL Study: Science, Dissemination and the Nature of Adult Education. In APL Revisited: Its Use and Adaptation in States. Washington D.C.: National Institute of Education, September, 1981. (With Lloyd David).
Trouble Over Testing Educational Leadership, 37:8 (May 1980) pp. 640-650(Condensed in Education Digest, November 1980, pp. 2-4 and reprinted in P. Wesson, Measurement and Evaluation of Educational Systems, Lexington, MA: Ginn, 1982, 1983, and in Partnership, 6:1, Winter 1981).
Units and Levels of Analysis in Large-Scale Evaluation. New Directions for Methodology of Social and Behavioral Science, 6, 1980, pp. 1-15.
Minimums, Competency Testing and Social Policy. In R. Jaeger and C. Tittle(Eds.) Minimum Competency Achievement Testing. Berkeley, CA: McCutchan, 1980, pp. 5-22. (With D. K. Cohen).
Assessment in Early Childhood Education. Cambridge, MA: The Huron Institute, 1980. (With Wendy Gelberg).
Competency Testing and Equal Educational Opportunity. IRCD Bulletin XIV:2(Spring 1979) pp. 1-8. (With Kabiru Kinyanjui).
A Review of Publications on Testing for Parents and the Public. National Consortium on Testing Staff Circular No. 5. Cambridge, MA: The Huron Institute, April 1979.
Problems and Prospects in Minimum Competency Testing. In R. Bossone (Ed.) Proceedings. The Second National Conference on Testing: Major Issues. New York: Center for Advanced Study in Education, Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, 1979, pp. 92-105.
Standards for Tests and Test Use. National Consortium on Testing Staff Circular No. 3. Cambridge, MA: The Huron Institute, October 1978.
Making Sense of the Minimum Competency Testing Movement. Harvard Educational Review, 48:4 (1978) pp. 462-484. (With George Madaus). Reprinted in: P. Cramm and F. Martin, (Eds.). Essays on Educational Research: Methodology, Testing and Application, Harvard Educational Review. Reprint Series, No. 16, 1983. D. Kirp and M. Yudoff (Eds.). Educational Policy and the Law, 2nd edition. Berkeley: McCuthan, 1984.
Reanalysis of Follow Through Parent and Teacher Data from Spring 1979. Report prepared for the U.S. Office of Education. Cambridge, MA: The Huron Institute, October 1978. (With Nancy Pennington).
ESEA Title I Early Childhood Education: Review of the Literature on Evaluation and Instrumentation. Cambridge, MA: The Huron Institute, June 1978.
Testing the Tests. National Consortium on Testing Staff Circular No. 1. Cambridge, MA: The Huron Institute, February 1978.
The Follow Through Experiment: Summary of an Analysis of Major Evaluation Reports. Curriculum Inquiry, 7:3 (Fall 1977) pp. 227-257.
A Technical History of the National Follow Through Evaluation. Cambridge, MA: The Huron Institute, 1977. Also released as Volume 5 of The Follow Through Planned Variation Experiment. Washington, D.C.: U.S Department of Education, 1977.
Longitudinal Evaluation of Head Start Planned Variation and Follow Through. Report prepared for the U.S. Office of Education. Cambridge, MA: The Huron Institute, June 1977. (With Herb Weisberg).
Project Follow Through National Evaluation Bibliography. Report prepared for the U.S. Office of Education. Cambridge, MA: The Huron Institute, April 1977. (With John Villaume).
Dependability of Group Mean Scores. Special Qualifying Paper, Cambridge, MA: Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1974.
Units of Analysis Issues in the Evaluation of Project Follow Through or There Must be Heresy in this Someplace. Cambridge, MA: The Huron Institute, September 1974.
Worldwide Inequalities in Educational Opportunities (book review). Washington Post, April 26, 1973.
A Review of the IVS Range Management Team in Morocco, 1968-1972. Washington, D.C.: International Voluntary Services, April 1973.
Annotated Bibliography of Education in the Kingdom of Laos. Mekong Documentation Project Paper No. 1. Bangkok, Thailand: Mekong Committee, 1973.
Don't Judge the Beverage by What's on the Label (book review). Washington Post, February 7, 1973. (with Mary Goodman).
Lessons, Genes, I.Q.: An American Dilemma (book review). Book World, Washington Post, December 24, 1972
Looking at Laos (book review). Washington Post, July 19, 1972.
The Pentagon Papers and the United States Involvement in Laos. In N. Chomsky and H. Zinn (Eds.) The Gravel Edition, The Pentagon Papers, Vol. V: Critical Essays. Boston: Beacon Press, 1972, pp. 248-293.
A Survey of Civilian Fatalities Among Refugees from Zieng Khouang Province, Laos. In Hearing before the Subcommittee to Investigate Problems Connected with Refugees and Escapees. United States Senate May 9, 1972. Washington, D.C.: USGPO, 1972, pp. 53-66.
A Survey of Civilian War Casualties among refugees from the Plain of Jars. In World Refugee and Humanitarian Problems. In Hearing before the Subcommittee to Investigate Problems Connected with Refugees and Escapees. United States Senate July 22, 1971. Washington, D.C.: USGPO, 1971, pp. 65-106. Reprinted in part in F. Branfman, Voices from the Plain of Jars: Life under an air war. New York: Harper Colophon, pp. 136-160.
Amino Acid Pools and Their Turnover Rates in Cultured Tobacco Cells. In Plant Research '68, Annual Report of the Michigan State University/ Atomic Energy Commission Plant Research Laboratory. East Lansing, Michigan State University, 1968.
OTHER MATERIALS AND PRESENTATIONS
In addition to the above publications and reports, I have prepared a number of other papers and presentations over the last several years. These include research and funding proposals to U.S. government agencies and private foundations, presentations for meetings of the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, the National Council on Measurement in Education, the National Education Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, the History of Education Society, the National Coalition of Advocates for Students and several other groups, summaries of National Consortium on Testing conferences, and invited testimony before legislative committees in Massachusetts, New York, and the U.S. Congress. I have also served as an outside reviewer for journals such as the Harvard Educational Review, Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Educational Measurement, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, the American Journal of Education and for institutions such as the National Institute of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Ford Foundation.
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