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Woodcock-Johnson® III Tests of Achievement
Dr. Richard Woodcock
The WJ III reflects the knowledge, skill, and ingenuity of its senior author, Dr. Richard Woodcock. The Woodcock-Johnson batteries have a distinguished history, with the first edition published in 1977. Dr. Woodcock began work on this battery of tests in 1963 in a series of controlled experiments for measuring learning ability. The first test was Visual-Auditory Learning, which remains in the WJ III as an important test for measuring new learning through associative memory. When he developed the Visual-Auditory Learning test, Dr. Woodcock was interested in developing a test to measure an individual's ability to learn to read. Next, the Analysis-Synthesis test was developed to measure the ability to learn mathematics.
The scientific-empirical test development principles modeled by Dr. Woodcock are now the standard in test development. In 1993, Dr. Woodcock received the Senior Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association, Division of School Psychology, in recognition of his career contributions to the field of school psychology. Widely known for innovation and technical excellence, Dr. Woodcock's work includes features such as co-normed batteries; theory-based test construction; expansive coverage of content; application of a test across the life span; age and grade norms; parallel forms in languages other than English; and cross-language equating.
Dr. Woodcock has a wide background in education and psychology. He has served as an elementary teacher, school psychologist, director of special education, and university professor. At Western Oregon University from 1957 to 1961, Dr. Woodcock was an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Reading Clinic. He was an Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado from 1961 to 1963. From 1963 to 1968, Dr. Woodcock was a Research Professor of Special Education, Senior Scientist, and Acting Director of the Institute on Mental Retardation and Intellectual Development at George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He was Editor and Director of Research for American Guidance Service from 1968 to 1972. He has served as a Visiting Scholar in Special Education and Rehabilitation at the University of Arizona, a Visiting Scholar of Psychology at the University of Southern California, and a Research Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. Currently, he is Director of Measurement/Learning/Consultants, a test development and research organization he founded in 1972.
Dr. Woodcock holds an Ed.D. in Psycho-Education and Statistics from the University of Oregon. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuropsychology at Tufts University School of Medicine.