ERIC Number: ED353301
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
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Recent Advances in Psychometric Methods.
Jones, Russell W.; Hambleton, Ronald K.
Increasing social awareness of the need for accurate and fair testing has combined with technological developments to produce dramatic advances in psychometric models, methods, and procedures. Three of the most important new directions within the measurement field concern the following areas: (1) item response theory; (2) item bias or differential item functioning (empirical methods and judgmental approaches); and (3) performance assessment and the associated development of new item formats. Recent developments in each of these three areas are described. Future applications of item response theory include extensions to current models to handle polytomous and multidimensional data. One of the most exciting areas within performance testing involves more valid assessments of higher-level cognitive skills. Important future directions for differential item functioning research include the development of techniques for the analysis of items that are scored polytomously and improvements in current judgmental methods. The following are other areas within the measurement field in which important advances may be expected: (1) expanded uses of generalizability theory in the analysis of educational data; (2) increased use of computer technology in test development and administration; and (3) the integration of cognitive psychology and psychometric methods to evolve new types of measurements that are especially useful to teachers. Included are 37 references. (Author/RLC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Laboratory of Psychometric and Evaluative Research.