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The 2015 IAEA Conference was held the week of Sunday, October 11, and is now complete. The conference organizers would like to offer thanks to all the attendees, who helped to make this year's conference a success.

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The 41st annual IAEA conference will center on the theme The Three Most Important Considerations in Testing: Validity, Validity, Validity. Paper submissions are due 3 August 2015.

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Host city Lawrence, Kansas, blends big-city sophistication with small-town friendliness. Home to the University of Kansas and 90,000 people, Lawrence offers a variety of lodging options, and is just an hour’s drive from Kansas City International Airport.




11–15 October, 2015

The 41st International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) Conference will gather educational leaders from around the world to share innovative ideas of educational assessment techniques aimed at improving quality in education.

In 2015, the City of Lawrence, Kansas, and the University of Kansas' Center for Educational Testing & Evaluation (CETE) will host IAEA’s annual global forum for professional exchange—a gathering to share and celebrate the achievements and innovations of the best minds in the assessment community.


The Three Most Important Considerations in Testing: Validity, Validity, Validity

Validity – the extent to which inferences drawn from test scores are appropriate – is by far the most important technical characteristic of a test. But because it is much more challenging to establish validity than other test desiderata, it has gotten short shrift in most testing programs. How can advances in technology, test development, psychometrics, and score reporting improve the validity of our testing programs?

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(1 APRIL 2015–1 JULY 2015)
(2 JULY 2015–11 OCTOBER 2015)
IAEA Member USD 600 USD 650
Non-IAEA Member USD 650 USD 700
Accompanying Person USD 160* USD 160

*Opening reception and gala dinner; conference sessions not included.


5 February 2015 Abstract Submission Open
1 June 2015   Extended to 15 June 2015 Abstract Due
15 June 2015 Notification of Acceptance
3 August 2015 Full Paper Due



Hans Rosling

Stockholm, Sweden
Rosling is a professor of global health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and Edutainer of Gapminder Foundation. He is a Swedish medical doctor, academic, statistician, and public speaker.


Lorrie Shepard

Boulder, Colorado, USA
Shepard is a University Distinguished Professor in Research & Evaluation Methodology and Dean of the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on psychometrics and the use and misuse of tests in educational settings.