Computerized testing pioneer Hua-Hua Chang to receive achievement award

by Sharita Forrest  /   Apr 25, 2017

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Professor Hua-Hua Chang of the Department of Educational Psychology has been awarded the 2017 E.F. Lindquist Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of educational testing and measurement.

Conferred jointly by the American Educational Research Association and the American College Testing Program, the award will be presented to Chang on April 29 during the AERA's Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

Chang also holds appointments in psychology and statistics and serves as the director of the Confucius Institute on campus. 

“I am very excited and deeply honored to receive this award,” said Chang.

Chang’s research focuses on improving large-scale assessments and developing Computerized Adaptive Testing, which enables examiners to tailor exams to each student’s capabilities and measure their capacities more precisely and more efficiently.

Chang and his colleagues’ recent research, funded by the National Science Foundation, showed promise at utilizing CAT to help low-performing students in an undergraduate physics course, potentially improving retention rates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Among other honors, Chang has been a past recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award, a Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professorship from the Ministry of Education of China, and a Distinguished Senior Scholar Award from the U. of I. College of Education. He also is a past president of the Psychometric Society.

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