What Is the National Council on Measurement in Education?
The National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) is a professional organization for individuals involved in assessment, evaluation, testing, and other aspects of educational measurement. Members are involved in the construction and use of standardized tests; new forms of assessment, including performance-based assessment; program design; and program evaluation. NCME members include university faculty; test developers; state and federal testing and research directors; professional evaluators; testing specialists in business, industry, education, community programs, and other professions; licensure, certification, and credentialing professionals; graduate students from educational, psychological, and other measurement programs; and others involved in testing issues and practices.
During the past 20 years, NCME has become more diverse, broadening the scope of the organization's vision. Service to communities and ensuring that assessment is fair and equitable for all students have become essential elements of NCME's mission and purposes.
What can NCME do for me?
NCME offers its members a wide variety of resources and opportunities, including:
- Three quarterly publications (included as part of membership)
The Journal of Educational Measurement (JEM) publishes articles on technical and theoretical developments in measurement and improvements in the application of measurement methods in educational and other community settings. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice (EM:IP), aimed at practitioners and users of tests, publishes articles intended to promote a better understanding of educational measurement and to encourage reasoned debate on current issues of practical importance to educators and the public. The NCME Newsletter contains announcements and news about current events pertinent to research and practice in educational measurement and also provides NCME members with information about the activities of the NCME Board and committees.
- Instructional materials
NCME prepares instructional materials for educational measurement teachers, program designers and evaluators, and classroom teachers. These materials include references for additional reading. Instructional Topics in Educational Measurement (ITEMS) are published regularly in Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice.
NCME has an extensive committee structure that reflects the interests and activities of membership. Members are involved in a variety of committes that address topics such as awards, recruiting, and graduate student issues.
NCME meets annually in conjunction with the membership of the American Educational Research Association. The annual meetings offer members of both organizations opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills as well as to share their expertise in a convivial atmosphere. Training programs on specific topics, such as classroom testing, are offered during the annual meetings and provide practical information for application in both work and research settings.