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Cizek named recipient of AERA and ACT award for outstanding scholarship in testing and measurement

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Gregory Cizek, Ph.D., a UNC School of Education professor emeritus, has been named the recipient of the 2024 E. F. Lindquist Award given by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and ACT for his contributions to the study of testing and measurement.

Cizek will receive the award during a ceremony at AERA’s 2024 annual meeting in Philadelphia on Friday, April 12, from 1:15-2:45 p.m. in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The E. F. Lindquist Award is presented jointly by AERA and ACT in recognition of outstanding applied or theoretical research in the field of testing and measurement. The award is meant to acknowledge a body of research of an empirical, theoretical, or integrative nature rather than a single study.

Cizek, who retired as the Guy B. Phillips Professor in 2023, is a national authority on educational measurement and evaluation, having conducted research for more than 30 years in the field of applied assessment with specializations in validity, standard setting, and test security.

He has written extensively on the subjects, including authoring or editing books such as “Setting Performance Standards: Foundations, Methods, and Innovations.”

Cizek’s most recent book, “Validity: An Integrated Approach to Test Score Meaning and Use,” explores the two most fundamental aspects of defensible testing practice: the evidence that must be gathered to support the intended meaning of a test score, and the evidence necessary for justifying the use of a test for some intended purpose.

Cizek has been active in leadership positions in his field. He has served as chair of the National Assessment Governing Board’s Committee on Standards, Design, and Methodology. The NAGB, to which Cizek was appointed in 2017, helps set policies guiding the use of data to measure U.S. student achievement. Among the other leadership positions he has held, Cizek also has served as president of the National Council on Measurement in Education.

Prior to coming to Carolina in 1999, Cizek managed national licensure and certification testing programs for American College Testing, served as a test development specialist for a statewide assessment program, taught educational research and management at the University of Toledo and graduate-level statistics courses at Michigan State University, where he had earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Early in his career, Cizek taught for five years at the elementary and middle school levels in Michigan and served as a vice president of a local board of education in Ohio.