Fall 2021 Methodology Applications Series:

Fairness in Assessment: The Imperative of Equity, Anti-racism and Justice
Maria Elena Oliveri

Maria Elena Oliveri

The MAP Academy invites you to a presentation of the Fall 2021 Methodology Applications Series,
featuring Maria Elena Oliveri, associate director of psychometric consulting at the Buros Center for Testing.

The theme of the 2021-22 Methodology Applications Series is “Pursuing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Research: Design and Methodology Considerations.”

Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 12:00-1:30 p.m. Zoom videoconference

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Just three years ago, a discussion about fairness might have begun with a general acknowledgement of the varied ways fairness is understood in social, legal and measurement contexts, then focused on issues specific to test design: “The goal of the fairness argument is to present evidence that the test is fair for various groups within the test-taking population."

Today, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and international Black Lives Matter demonstrations, conversations about fairness also must consider these global issues. Inattention to social context is no longer an option.

The traditional definition of fairness offered in test design guides and professional standards seem insufficient for a post-pandemic, anti-racist worldview. Fairness cannot be circumscribed solely to discussions of test design, but should also include discussions of the processes used to make evaluative judgments of the meaning of test scores, the stakeholders involved in making them, the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of test-takers and how test-based decisions have disadvantaged — and continue to disadvantage — subgroups.

This presentation will take an inclusive view of educational assessment, including classroom and program assessment, and high-stakes testing. It also considers fairness as an ongoing project of justice in which assessment can be used toward addressing injustice. It acknowledges that fairness cannot be achieved without jointly considering inequality, anti-racism and even justice.


Date, Time, & Location
Friday, Dec. 10, 2021
12:00-1:30 PM
Zoom videoconference

Presentation: Fairness in Assessment: The Imperative of Equity, Anti-racism and Justice

This virtual presentation is free and open to the public.

Join the Zoom videoconference Dec. 10, 2021.


Maria Elena Oliveri

Associate Director of psychometric consulting, Buros Center for Testing

Maria Elena Oliveri is a research associate professor and associate director of psychometric consulting at UNL's Buros Center for Testing.

Her research focuses on higher education, career and technical education, validity and the design of next-generation assessments of 21st century skills, such as workplace communication and collaboration skills.

Oliveri has extensive experience in higher education and workforce research using quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodologies, as well as evidence-based assessment design and implementation with attention to cross-cultural issues in assessment design and development.

She has more than 60 publications to her credit.