Computerized adaptive testing: a primer by Howard Wainer

By Howard Wainer

This celebrated primer provides an creation to all the key elements in figuring out automatic adaptive checking out expertise, attempt improvement, facts, and psychological try out concept. in response to years of analysis, this available e-book educates the beginner and serves as a compendium of state of the art info for execs drawn to automated trying out within the components of schooling, psychology, and different comparable social sciences. A hypothetical try taken as a prelude to employment is used as a standard instance all through to spotlight this book's most crucial beneficial properties and difficulties. alterations within the re-creation comprise: *a thoroughly rewritten bankruptcy 2 at the procedure concerns wanted for contemporary automated adaptive trying out; *a revised bankruptcy four to incorporate the newest in technique surrounding on-line calibration and within the modeling of testlets; and *a new bankruptcy 10 with beneficial details on how try goods are rather chosen, utilization styles, how utilization styles impact the variety of new goods required, and instruments for coping with merchandise swimming pools.

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Cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and indexes. ISBN 0-8058-3511-3 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Computerized adaptive testing. I. Dorans, Neil J. II. Title. 26—dc2199-087976 Printed in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 Page v Contents Foreword to the First EditionixC. Victor Bunderson Foreword to the Second EditionxiiiDrew H. S. Military4The Origins of Admissions Testing for American Universities6Computerized Adaptive Testing9Important Issues in CAT11Challenges for the Future16The Structure and Use of a Gedanken Computerized Adaptive Test (The GCAT)17 Page vi Acknowledgments19Annotated References19 2System Design and Operation23Bert F.

These purposes will include continuous measurement of dynamically changing quantities in educational settings, and other purposes not possible with static paper-and-pencil delivery and static metaphors of measurement. Current developers of interactive computer lessons and tests, excited by these novel possibilities for computerized testing and for testing integrated with training and instruction, have accelerated their creations into production without answering the questions of defensible measurement models, validity, reliability, and fairness discussed in this book.

26—dc2199-087976 Printed in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 Page v Contents Foreword to the First EditionixC. Victor Bunderson Foreword to the Second EditionxiiiDrew H. S. Military4The Origins of Admissions Testing for American Universities6Computerized Adaptive Testing9Important Issues in CAT11Challenges for the Future16The Structure and Use of a Gedanken Computerized Adaptive Test (The GCAT)17 Page vi Acknowledgments19Annotated References19 2System Design and Operation23Bert F. Green The Test Scenario23System Issues26References33Exercises/Study Questions35 3Item Pools37Ronald Flaugher Introduction37Steps in the Development of an Item Pool39Illustration of GCAT Item Pool Construction45On the Topic of Dimensionality56Acknowledgments57References57Exercises/Study Questions59 4Item Response Theory, Item Calibration, and Proficiency Estimation61Howard Wainer and Robert J.

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