ERIC Number: ED208038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
IRT Equating: A Flexible Alternative to Conventional Methods for Solving Practical Testing Problems.
Cook, Linda L.; And Others
The purposes of this study are: (1) to compare the results of linear, equipercentile, frequency estimation equipercentile and item response theory (IRT) true formula score equating; and (2) to investigate the feasibility of using IRT methods to equate new forms of the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) to each other directly. Equating samples for all methods, except the frequency estimation approach, contained approximately 2,000 randomly-selected cases from data obtained at the regular administrations of each of the old and new forms. Larger samples were used for the frequency estimation approach. The most notable aspect of the results obtained from the comparison of the four methods was the marked agreement found among them. The results also indicated that it is feasible to use IRT methods to equate the two forms of the PSAT/NMSQT directly. (BW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Equipercentile Equating; Frequency Estimation Equipercentile Equating; Linear Equating Method; National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test; Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).