Anthony J. Nitko is a private consultant in educational measurement and Professor Emeritus and former Chairperson of the Department of Psychology in Education at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a University Associate, Department of Educational Psychology, at the University of Arizona. His research interests include curriculum-based criterion-referenced testing, integrating testing and instruction, classroom assessment, and the assessment of knowledge and higher order thinking skills.
He is co-author (with Susan Brookhart) of Educational Assessment of Students (7th edition) ( 2015), author of the chapter, “Designing Tests that are Integrated with Instruction” in the Third Edition of Educational Measurement, and co-author (with Susan Brookhart) of Assessment and Grading in Classrooms (2008). Co-authored (with Susan Brookhart) the chapter, “Strategies for constructing assessments of higher order thinking skills” ( 011). He also co-authored (with C.M. Lindvall) Measuring Pupil Achievement and Aptitude, (with T-C Hsu) Pitt Educational Testing Aids (PETA) (a package of computer programs for classroom teachers), and (with R. Glaser) the chapter “Measurement in Learning and Instruction” in the Second Edition of Educational Measurement.
He has been Editor of the journal Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, and later served as the International News Editor of this journal. He was also Editor of d’News, the AERA Division D newsletter. Some of the journals in which his research has appeared included American Educational Research Journal, Applied Measurement in Education, Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy, & Practice, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, Educational Technology, Journal of Educational Measurement, and Research in Developmental Disabilities.
He is a member of several professional organizations, was elected as Fellow to the American Psychological Association, served on several committees of the American Educational Research Association, elected Secretary of AERA Division D, served on committees of the National Council on Measurement in Education, and was elected to the Board of Directors and as President of the latter.
He received Fulbright awards to Malawi and to Barbados. He has served as a consultant to various government and private agencies in Bangladesh, Barbados, Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Liberia, Malawi, Maldives, Namibia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United States, Vietnam, and Yemen