Shrock and Coscarelli

Testing Human Competence

CRTD Endorsements

“It’s simple: Criterion-Referenced Test Development provides an entire course in testing and measurement in a single book. It is very useful because it provides a good balance between the rigors of psychometrics and practical applications. While it is written for an audience of corporate trainers and performance improvement personnel, I highly recommend its use by teachers and professors as well. In fact, anyone responsible for developing high-quality tests in instructional environments will find this book an invaluable teaching tool and reference guide. Without a doubt this is one of the top 10 books professionals in our field should have in their personal library.”

 Jim Russell
Professor of Educational Technology at Purdue &
Visiting Professor of Instructional Systems at Florida State

No one should develop a criterion-referenced test without first reading, and understanding, the content of this book!

The additions to this edition add valuable information while still staying true to the book’s original intent.  The legal section on copyright and fair employment practices explains the subject the best I have read. 

Assessing knowledge and performance is often done so poorly.  This edition continues Sharon and Bill’s ability to demystify testing and measurement without having to be a statistician—there is no longer an excuse for developing poorly constructed Level Two tests!

  — William W. Lee, PhD
Director of Educational Resource & Development, The American Heart Association
Author of Multimedia-based Instructional Design: Computer-based Training, Web-based Training, Distance Broadcast Training & Performance-based Solutions (2004)

Now in its third edition, this book has earned its status as the standard guide to measurement of learning in training contexts.  Shrock and Coscarelli take the mystery out of testing in training contexts, while providing a state-of-the-art explanation of how to approach such critical topics as validity and reliability in test design.  The book then goes beyond test design, and shows how to use measurement wisely, through many practical examples of sound data-driven training practice by industry-leading companies. This book should be at the work station – not just on the shelf — of every training professional.


 — Rob Foshay, Ph.D, CPT 
Director – Research, Educational Technology Group,  Texas Instruments
President, The Foshay Group