Belizean Scholar recognized by the ITC Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 May 2012 00:00

Betty Jean Usher-Tate recently completed her second year as a doctoral student in the Qualitative Quantitative and Psychometric Methods program (QQPM) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). In her first year, she taught Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences [EDPS459] to undergraduate students then moved on to serve as a graduate assistant at the internationally renowned Buros Center for Testing.  Her current areas of interest include high stakes testing, test fairness, testing of special populations, and validation.  In addition to her coursework, Usher-Tate has been actively engaged at UNL as an International Peer Mentor (Cultural Ambassador) and as the graduate student representative on two search committees within the Educational Psychology Department.  Usher-Tate was also a member of the 2012 Division D Luncheon and Business Meeting Committee for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) convention held in Vancouver, Canada.

 Her mentor and academic advisor is Dr. Kurt Geisinger, one of USA’s leading experts in Testing. Dr. Geisinger’s research interests include validity theory, test fairness, admissions, testing, proper use of tests, use of tests for individuals with disabilities, testing of language minorities, and translation or adaptation of tests from one language and culture to another.

The International Test Commission (ITC) is an “Association of national psychological associations, test commissions, publishers and other organizations committed to promoting effective testing and assessment policies and to the proper development, evaluation and uses of educational and psychological instruments.” (ITC Directory, 2001). As an educator in Belize, Usher-Tate experienced challenges firsthand that are associated with testing in a demographically complex population such as Belize; hence, the motivation to study QQPM.