Validity, science and educational measurement

Harvey Goldstein

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The term ‘validity’ is one of the most important and one of the most debated
concepts in educational measurement. In this paper, I argue that various different
approaches can all be viewed from an associational perspective. I also argue that
our understanding will be enhanced by adopting some basic ideas of scientific
reasoning to the process of establishing validity and making fully transparent the
assumptions and procedures used by both test constructors and test users.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalAssessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice
Early online date1 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015


  • validity
  • Educational Measurement
  • scientific reasoning

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