ERIC Number: ED247256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Short-Cut Statistic for Item Analysis of Mastery Tests: A Comparison of Three Procedures.
Subkoviak, Michael J.; Harris, Deborah J.
This study examined three statistical methods for selecting items for mastery tests. One is the pretest-posttest method due to Cox and Vargas (1966); it is computationally simple, but has a number of serious limitations. The second is a latent trait method recommended by van der Linden (1981); it is computationally complex, but has a number of theoretical advantages. The third method, the agreement statistic proposed in this paper, parallels the latent trait method in many respects; but it is computationally simple, like the pretest-posttest procedure. A total of 81 distinct data sets were simulated; and the three item selection methods were applied to each data set for the purpose of studying relationships among the methods. The correlation between the latent trait method and the agreement method was substantial, suggesting that the latter might be recommended as a practical alternative to the former for classroom use. The results for the pretest-posttest method tended to confirm its reputed limitations. (Author/BS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Agreement Statistic (Subkoviak and Harris)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).