Skip to main content

Explanatory Models, Unit Standards, and Personalized Learning in Educational Measurement

Selected Papers by A. Jackson Stenner

  • Book
  • Open Access
  • © 2023

You have full access to this open access Book


  • Documents the historical development of ideas and methods formatively integrating educational assessment & instruction
  • Includes topics spanning methodology, philosophy, and theory in the context of approaches to measurement modelling
  • Presents how theory and practice of measurement can be oriented toward quality-assured comparable unit standards
  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Buy print copy

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

About this book

The papers by Jack Stenner included in this book document the technical details of an art and science of measurement that creates new entrepreneurial business opportunities. Jack brought theory, instruments, and data together in ways that are applicable not only in the context of a given test of reading or mathematics ability, but which more importantly catalyzed literacy and numeracy capital in new fungible expressions. Though Jack did not reflect in writing on the inferential, constructive processes in which he engaged, much can be learned by reviewing his work with his accomplishments in mind. A Foreword by Stenner's colleague and co-author on multiple works, William P. Fisher, Jr., provides key clues concerning (a) how Jack's understanding of measurement and its values aligns with social and historical studies of science and technology, and (b) how recent developments in collaborations of psychometricians and metrologists are building on and expanding Jack's accomplishments.

​This is an open access book.

Similar content being viewed by others


Table of contents (24 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Living Capital Metrics LLC, Sausalito, USA

    William P. Fisher Jr.

  • University of Maryland, College Park, USA

    Paula J. Massengill

About the editors

William P. Fisher, Jr., Ph.D. received his doctorate at the University of Chicago, where he was mentored by Benjamin D. Wright and supported by a Spencer Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship. Dr. Fisher is recognized for contributions to measurement theory and practice that span the full range from the philosophical to the applied in fields as diverse as special education, mindfulness practice, clinical chemistry, and survey research. As Professor of Research at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, Fisher hosted two International Objective Measurement Workshops, and was recognized by the city of New Orleans for his contributions in public health. Fisher’s recent work focuses on the role uniform units of measurement play in harmonizing creative improvisations at the level of individual decisions and behaviors with the need for comparability, continuity, and navigability at the level of organizations and communities. In efforts toward fostering more informed dialoguebetween the natural and social sciences, Fisher began contributing in 2008 to a symposium hosted by the International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO) on the human and social value of measurement. Involvement of educational, psychological, and health care measurement experts in IMEKO symposia has grown in the years since then. A 2016 IMEKO symposium hosted by Mark Wilson and Fisher at UC Berkeley attracted nearly equal numbers of metrology engineers and psychometricians. A 2018 special session they organized and chaired at the IMEKO World Congress in Belfast was another historic first in bringing together experts in measurement across the sciences.

Paula J. Massengill is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with degrees in education and curriculum development.  She has been a contributing editor to manuscripts and books by Jack Stenner for over 20 years.  She was one of the key editors on the original grants that seeded Dr. Stenner’s seminal work on the Lexile Framework.​

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Explanatory Models, Unit Standards, and Personalized Learning in Educational Measurement

  • Book Subtitle: Selected Papers by A. Jackson Stenner

  • Editors: William P. Fisher Jr., Paula J. Massengill

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Physics and Astronomy, Physics and Astronomy (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-19-3746-0Published: 16 October 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-19-3749-1Published: 16 October 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-19-3747-7Published: 15 October 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: LXXIII, 325

  • Number of Illustrations: 30 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Measurement Science and Instrumentation, Education, general, Psychometrics, Applied Statistics

Publish with us