Michael Kane, Ph.D., Named to Samuel J. Messick Chair in Test Validity

Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:01am EST

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Educational Testing Service, the world's largest educational research and
assessment organization, has announced that Dr. Michael Kane will become
the first holder of the Samuel J. Messick Chair in Test Validity.

    The holder of the Messick Chair will work to advance the field of
educational measurement and contribute to the improvement of ETS products
and services by providing intellectual leadership, conducting and
disseminating research, and providing consultation to ETS staff and
clients, especially in the practice and theory of test validation. Kane
will leave his position as Research Director at the National Council of
Bar Examiners to accept this position at ETS on Sept. 1, 2009.

    The ETS Board of Trustees created the Messick Chair in the fall of 2008 to
honor the outstanding achievements and contributions of the late Samuel J.
Messick, not just to ETS but nationally and internationally in the fields
of psychology and psychometrics. In addition, the position honors the
achievements of an individual whose research in the area of validity
theory and practice has built on the foundations created by Dr. Messick.

    Kane received his Ph.D. in education from Stanford University. He has
written more than 75 journal articles and book chapters, including the
chapter on validation in the fourth edition of Educational Measurement. In
his long and distinguished career Kane taught at the University of
Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; the State University of New York at Stony
Brook; the University of Iowa; and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

    In addition, he has served as Vice President of Research, and as a Senior
Research Scientist, at American College Testing, and as Director of Test
Development at the National League of Nursing.

    "We are extremely pleased that Dr. Kane has agreed to assume the Messick
Chair in Test Validity," said ETS President and CEO Kurt Landgraf. "Sam
Messick was a pioneer in the field of educational measurement, and his
writing and practice in the area of validity was instrumental in helping
ETS advance quality and equity in education. This is more critical than
ever today, and Kane's demonstrated leadership in the validity arena will
be incredibly important in helping us meet our mission."

    "He is the perfect fit for this role, given his exceptional record of
research in the area of validity -- we are extraordinarily fortunate to
have Michael join ETS," adds ETS's Research & Development Division Senior
Vice President Ida Lawrence, who leads the area where Kane will be

    About ETS

    At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people
worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves
individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing
customized solutions for teacher certification, English-language learning,
and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as
conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in
1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests
annually -- including the TOEFL(R) and TOEIC(R) tests, the GRE(R) test and
The Praxis Series(TM) assessments -- in more than 180 countries, at over
9,000 locations worldwide.


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