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Frontiers of Test Validity Theory by Denny Borsboom, Keith A. Markus

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12  An Integrative View of Test Validity

Connections With Other Chapters

The previous chapters have analyzed three important concepts in validity theory: measurement, causation, and meaning. This chapter presents an integrative model of validation, and ties together the concepts by showing how they play out in the larger scheme of validity theory and validation research.

One can summarize the arc of the previous chapters as follows: Measurement involves an inference from observable response behavior to the property measured (chapter 2). The same holds true for almost all cases of assessment and testing. In psychometric models, such inferences are commonly cast as inferences from observable to latent variables (chapter 3). To support such inferences, ...

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