ERIC Number: ED366651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Proficiency Scaling Based on Conditional Probability Functions for Attributes.
Tatsuoka, Kikumi K.; And Others
This study introduces procedures for constructing a proficiency scale for a large-scale test by applying Tatsuoka's Rule Space Model. The SAT Mathematics (SAT M) Section 2 is used for illustrating the process and the results. A task analysis is summarized in a mapping sentence, and then 14 processes and content attributes are identified for explaining the underlying cognitive aspects of the examinees' performance on the SAT M. Analysis results show that almost 98 percent of 2,334 examinees are successfully classified into one of 468 cognitive states. The cognitive states are characterized by mastery or non-mastery of the 14 attributes. Attribute Characteristic Curves, which are conditional probability functions defined on the SAT Scale, are introduced and used for interpreting an examinee's proficiency. Prototypes of a student's performance report and a group performance report are given as examples of possible ways for summarizing the analysis results. The study contains 19 tables and 1 figure. One appendix (two tables) introduces the Rule Space Model. (Contains 38 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Cognitive and Neural Sciences Div.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: Attribute Characteristic Curves; Conditional Probability Functions; Proficiency Scales; Rule Space Model; Scholastic Aptitude Test