Master's in Assessment, Testing, and Measurement in Education

Whether you are looking to analyze fifth graders student achievement in a school district, employees at a Fortune 500 company, or a sampling of patients in a counseling lab, an expertise in data driven decision making is critical.

Assessment, Testing, and Measurement (ATM) in Education combines statistical analysis, testing theory, the study of human behavior, educational measurement, and evaluation into the science of measuring educational/behavioral factors such as learning, preferences, aptitude, and personality. Specialists in this field (psychometricians) design tests that collect empirical data and quantify the personal characteristics of individuals, comparing those results within or across populations. 

This 15-month program is designed for individuals who are entering or advancing in positions associated with assessment, testing, and measurement in diverse settings.  The program offers the nation's premier graduate training in psychometric and statistical methods taught by faculty who are engaged in world-class research.  Students are mentored through all phases of the research process and become trained in modern analytical methods.

Graduates of this program have become critical members of corporate, educational and non-profit operations, trained to develop and manage dynamic, data based strategies to generate profit and organizational success. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is projected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.


Why a GW Master's in Assessment, Testing & Measurement?

Convenient Schedule: Courses are scheduled once a week in late afternoons and evenings (Monday-Thursday) to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, and for internship experiences.
Location: There is no better place to study than in the heart of our nation's capital, Washington, DC. With close proximity to the White House, World Bank, Federal Agencies, and Professional Associations students are provided with rich environments to work, attend scholarly events and hone their analytical skills.


Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the Field of Assessment, Testing and Measurement in Education:
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 30 credits, including 24 credits in required courses and 6 credits in electives, and completion of a written qualifying examination. For international students required to maintain full-time status, additional credits may be necessary due to course sequencing and offerings available each semester. Please consult with the faculty to clarify the classes which may be needed to fulfill full time status.


EDUC 6112 Foundations of Assessment, Testing, and Measurement in Education
EDUC 8120 Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8170 Educational Measurement
EDUC 8171 Predictive Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8175 Item Response Theory
EDUC 8177 Assessment Engineering
EDUC 8179 Capstone Project in Assessment, Testing, and Measurement in Education (taken for 6 credits)


6 credits in approved electives
Elective courses should be selected in consultation with the program advisor.
A written qualifying exam (administered during the early spring semester by an ATM committee).

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Career Outlook


Specialists in this field (psychometricians) plan and design tests that collect empirical data and quantify the personal characteristics of individuals, comparing those results within or across populations Whether you are interested in test scores for fifth graders across a school district, productivity of employees in a corporate context, the results of a pool of students taking a graduate entrance exam, or a sampling of patients in a counseling center, the ATM degree will train you to design, use, and interpret educational assessments.
Specialists are working in:

  • School or School Districts: Education ATM specialists work directly with teachers administering tests, assessing test results, and developing educational plans for improving test scores.Child development organizations and agencies: ATM specialists are relied on in the study of childhood development. Psychometric tests help teachers, parents, and psychologists identify learning deficiencies and giftedness in preschool and elementary school-aged children.
  • Online Sector: Today, many ATM specialists develop online testing and analysis. Universities, government agencies, school districts, private testing companies, and direct-to-consumer testing businesses are all interested in the research and application of web- based testing and assessment.
  • Private sector: Corporations commonly employ ATM specialists to assess potential employees to determine personality fit for the company, a factor that may be weighed just as heavily as skill set or experience.
  • Psycho-social, behavioral and substance abuse: Counselors use psychometric evaluations to determine people’s motivations, personality traits, and levels of dependency.
  • Monitoring & Evaluating Research: ATM specialists are needed in institutions of higher education, research-oriented organizations, federal research agencies, or non-profit organizations which are doing monitoring and/or evaluation research.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the field is s projected to grow 27% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. BLS States: " Growth is expected to result from more widespread use of statistical analysis to make informed business, healthcare, and policy decisions."



    Program Entry: Spring, Summer, Fall
    Prerequisites: Bachelors Degree
    Campus: Main Campus

    Application Requirements

    • Online Application
    • Resume
    • Statement of Purpose
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • Transcripts (unofficial)
    • Application Fee

    *Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants
    For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQ page.

    We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible. We are still accepting applications for Fall 2021 on a case-by-case basis. Be among the first considered for Spring 2022 enrollment by submitting your application by August 1, 2021. The regular deadline for Spring 2022 enrollment is September 15, 2021.

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    Dr. William Dardick and Dr. Brandi Weiss published an article entitled, "An investigation of chi-square and entropy-based methods of item-fit using item-level contamination in item response theory" in the Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods, 18(2), EP3208.

    Dr. William Dardick published an article entitled, "Reflections on Assessment Models," in the Social Science Research Council's Items - Insights from the Social Sciences. This article is part of their "Covid-19 and the Social Sciences" series curated by Dean Feuer.

    Dr. Jaehwa Choi gave an invited presentation entitled, "n-Layer Computerized Item Modeling Practice with CAFA AIG: Period Four Implies Innovation," hosted by the Training and Certification Team at Amazon Web Services (AWS), Inc.

    Dr. Brandi A. Weiss and Dr. William Dardick published an article entitled, “Making the Cut: Comparing Methods for Selecting Cut-Point Location in Logistic Regression” in The Journal of Experimental Education: Measurement, Statistics, and Research Design.

    Innovative Applications of Knowledge Discovery and Information Resources Management, edited by Dr. Susan Swayze with GSEHD alumna Dr. Valerie Ford (Ed.D., Human and Organizational Learning), has been published by IGI Global. The volume contains 12 chapters segmented into three sections: (1) People and Technology Issues in the Twenty-First Century, (2) Knowledge Discovery and Learning, and (3) Perspectives on Information Resources Management. The book was written by 20 authors representing six countries. GSEHD chapter contributors include Dr. Jaehwa Choi, alumna Dr. Letitia Larry (Ed.D., Executive Leadership Program), alumnus Dr. Thomas Gronow (Ed.D., Human and Organizational Learning), doctoral candidate Tiina Rodrigue (Ed.D., Executive Leadership Program), and alumna Danielle Young (master's, Assessment, Testing, and Measurement). Although the publication is intended as a reference book marketed to libraries, the scope of this work underscores the interdisciplinarity of information technology and data science.

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