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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2004. Redesigning the U.S. Naturalization Tests: Interim Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11168.
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Redesigning the U.S. Naturalization Tests: Interim Report

Committee on the U.S. Naturalization Test Redesign

Board on Testing and Assessment

Center for Education

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

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NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

This study was supported by Contract No. ACB-4-0-0009 between the National Academy of Sciences and the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.

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Suggested citation: National Research Council. (2004). Redesigning the U.S. Naturalization Tests: Interim Report. Committee on the U.S. Naturalization Test Redesign. Board on Testing and Assessment, Center for Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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COMMITTEE ON THE U.S. NATURALIZATION TEST REDESIGN

LORRAINE MCDONNELL (Co-Chair),

Department of Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara

BARBARA PLAKE (Co-Chair),

Buros Center for Testing, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

MARIA CARLO,

Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Miami

STEVEN FERRARA,

American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC

MICHAEL FIX,

The Urban Institute, Washington, DC

MICHAEL HANCHARD,

Department of Political Science, Northwestern University

MICHAEL HOUT,

Survey Research Center, University of California, Berkeley

HUYNH HUYNH,

School of Education, University of South Carolina

GUILLERMINA JASSO,

Sociology Department, New York University

MICHAEL JONES-CORREA,

Government Department, Cornell University

JANE JUNN,

Department of Political Science, Rutgers University

DAVID KENNEDY,

Department of History, Stanford University

ALEXANDER KEYSSAR,

John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

JEFFREY MIREL,

School of Education, University of Michigan

PAUL SACKETT,

Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota

JOHN STRUCKER,

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University

HEIDE SPRUCK WRIGLEY,

Aguirre International, San Mateo, CA

MICHAEL ZUCKERT,

Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

STUART W. ELLIOTT, Study Director

NAOMI CHUDOWSKY, Senior Program Officer

MONICA ULEWICZ, Program Officer

ANDREW TOMPKINS, Research Assistant

MARY ANN KASPER, Senior Program Assistant

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Acknowledgments

We would like to thank our sponsor, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), for its support of the committee’s work. In particular, we would like to thank Gerri Ratliff and her colleagues at USCIS and at MetriTech for their tireless and good-humored responses to the committee’s inquiries. We would also like to thank the members of groups concerned about the redesign of the U.S. naturalization tests who have provided written statements to the committee or statements at the committee’s first two meetings; this input has provided a valuable perspective to the committee and we will continue to solicit and review material from interested groups throughout the project.

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the NRC's Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process.

We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Gregory J. Cizek, Educational Measurement and Evaluation, School of Education, University of North Carolina; Kenji Hakuta, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, University of California, Merced; Thomas Haladyna, Educational Psychology, College of Teacher Education and Leadership, Arizona State University West, Phoenix; Susan F. Martin, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University; Rogers M. Smith, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania; and Lauress Wise, President’s Office, Human Resources Research, Alexandria, VA.

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Lyle V. Jones, L.L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory, University of North Carolina. Appointed by the National Research Council, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

Lorraine McDonnell, Co-Chair

Barbara Plake, Co-Chair

Committee on the U.S. Naturalization Test Redesign

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