Social Indicators Research

, Volume 45, Issue 1–3, pp 35–44 | Cite as

Test Validity: A Matter of Consequence

  • Samuel Messick


In this note I comment briefly on Keith Markus's illuminating article on “Science, measurement, and validity: Is completion of Samuel Messick's synthesis possible?” Markus's analysis bears directly on the controversial status of the consequential basis of test validity in relation to the more traditional evidential basis. After addressing some key points in his argument, I then comment more generally on sources of the controversy over the claim that empirical consequences of test interpretation and use constitute validity evidence.


Evidential Basis Test Validity Validity Evidence Empirical Consequence Test Interpretation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel Messick
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  1. 1.Educational Testing ServicePrinceton, dUSA

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