Redesigning the U.S. Naturalization Tests: Interim Report
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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
Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Miami
American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC
The Urban Institute, Washington, DC
Department of Political Science, Northwestern University
Survey Research Center, University of California, Berkeley
School of Education, University of South Carolina
Sociology Department, New York University
Government Department, Cornell University
Department of Political Science, Rutgers University
Department of History, Stanford University
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
School of Education, University of Michigan
Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota
Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
HEIDE SPRUCK WRIGLEY,
Aguirre International, San Mateo, CA
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
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