Winner of Qiyas Award for Excellence in Research and Development 2015

For the branch of outstanding academic work  

ANNOUNCEMENT
Based on a thorough and comprehensive review, Qiyas Award committee is:
pleased to announce that  Professor George Engelhard jr.  is the winner of the Qiyas Award for Excellence in Educational Assessment- Scholarly Work,  2015, for his outstanding book:
 
Invariant Measurement: Using Rasch Models in the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences.
 
This work was selected from various distinguished works for its excellence, especially in the following aspects:
  • The book serves a broad spectrum of users such as graduate students, instructors, and test developers.
  • It emphasizes invariant measurement as an important notion for test usability and precision, as well as other important issues related to measurement concepts and their practical applications.
  • It covers technical measurement concepts in an easy to comprehend language coupled with illustrative examples from different fields. This makes the concepts accessible to a wide spectrum of readers, psychometricians, or users with a limited background in measurement.
  • It draws from a sound theoretical and philosophical background in measurement and applies the respective methods and procedures in social, behavioral, and health sciences.
  • It provides new perspectives on some traditional  concepts such as score precision and scaling.     

 

Our sincere congratulations go to Dr. George Engelhard jr. for winning the Award and our best wishes go to all nominees.
 
Regretfully announces that no winner was selected for the Qiyas Award for Excellence in Educational Assessment, Programs and Applications, 2015, because the nominated works did not meet the standards of the Award.
   
The Winning Book

Invariant Measurement: Using Rasch Models in the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences

 
 
This book describes the principles of invariant measurement, how invariant measurement can be achieved with Rasch measurement models, and how to use invariant measurement to solve measurement problems in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. Rasch models are used throughout the book, but a comparison of Rasch models to other item response theory (IRT) models is also provided.
 
Among the distinct characteristics of the book:
  • The book serves a broad spectrum of users such as graduate students, instructors, and test developers.
  • It emphasizes invariant measurement as an important notion for test usability and precision, as well as other important issues related to measurement concepts and their practical applications.
  • It covers technical measurement concepts in a highly comprehensible language coupled with illustrative examples from different fields. This makes the concepts accessible to a wide spectrum of readers, psychometricians, or users with a limited background in measurement.
  • It draws from a sound theoretical and philosophical background in measurement and applies the respective methods and procedures in social, behavioral, and health sciences.
  • It provides new perspectives on some traditional  concepts such as score precision and scaling.   
     

 

 

 
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Short Biographical Statement
Professor George Engelhard, Jr., Ph.D. joined the faculty at The University of Georgia in the fall of 2013.  He is professor emeritus at Emory University (1985 to 2013).  Professor Engelhard received his Ph.D. in 1985 from The University of Chicago
(MESA Program --measurement, evaluation, and statistical analysis). 
His research has focused on a variety of topics including:
invariant measurement; the role of assessment in improving educational processes; Rasch measurement theory; rater-mediated assessments; history of measurement theory; assessment of written composition; development of affective human characteristics; teacher assessment; and certification testing. Among his current research are projects on the following: invariant measurement; models of judgment for educational assessments; examination of rater effects in a variety of contexts; and standard setting on high-stakes performance assessments. Professor Engelhard is co-editor of four books, and the author or co-author of over 150 journal articles, book chapters, and monographs. He serves on several national technical advisory committees on educational measurement and policy including Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington. He has served as President of the Georgia Educational Research Association (1992-93). He has received several awards and fellowships including a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Fellowship Award, a Lilly Post-Doctoral Teaching Award, and Sears Writing across the Curriculum Project Award.  He is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association.  His latest book was published in 2013:  Invariant measurement: Using Rasch models in the social, behavioral, and health sciences (New York: Routledge). He is currently under contract to write a new book entitled:  Invariant measurement with raters: Classical and modern measurement theories for rating scales (New York: Routledge).