Qiyas announces the winner of Qiyas Award for Excellence in Research and Development, 2015

Engelhard Saudi Arabia

The National Center for Assessment (NCA), known here as (Qiyas), has announced that Professor George Engelhard (jr) is the winner of Qiyas Award for Excellence in Research and Development, 2015, for the branch ” outstanding scholarly work”, for his book:
Invariant Measurement: Using Rasch Models in the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences.
According to the NCA Award Committee, the book 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 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.

Professor George Engelhard, Jr. received his Ph.D. in 1985 from The University of Chicago (MESA Program –measurement, evaluation, and statistical analysis). He is professor emeritus at Emory University (1985 to 2013). He joined the faculty at The University of Georgia in the fall of 2013. 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; and assessment of written composition;. 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 from various institutions in the united states. His latest book was published in 2013: Invariant measurement: Using Rasch models in the social, behavioral, and health sciences (New York: Routledge).
NCA expressed its sincere congratulations to Prof. Engelhard for winning the Award, and wished the best for all nominees.
Professor Engelhard will receive his prize during an honoring ceremony that will be held at the opening session of the Second International Conference for Assessment and Evaluation to be held between Dec. 1st and 3rd 2015 at the King Faisal Hall adjacent to the Intercontinental Hotel in Riyadh under the auspices of His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Bander Al-Saud, Governor of Riyadh, and His Excellency Dr. Azzam Al-Dukhayyel , Minister of Education.

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