Dare to Measure Comprehension

Catherine Welch


Professor of Educational Measurement and Statistics
Director, Iowa Statewide Testing Program

College(s): Education

Whether you grew up in Iowa or outside it, there is a good chance you picked up a No. 2 pencil each year and bubbled in answers to the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. Cedar Rapids native Cathy Welch, building on the strong quality and reputation of the UI-based Iowa Testing Programs, developed the next generation of Iowa Assessments to replace the classic K-12 test. Aligned with core standards and using the latest educational measurement research, Welch is equipping teachers across the United States to better assess and meet students’ educational needs.

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