ERIC Number: ED382669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
An Adaptive Algebra Test: A Testlet-Based, Hierarchically-Structured Test with Validity-Based Scoring. Technical Report No. 90-92.
Wainer, Howard; And Others
The initial development of a testlet-based algebra test was previously reported (Wainer and Lewis, 1990). This account provides the details of this excursion into the use of hierarchical testlets and validity-based scoring. A pretest of two 15-item hierarchical testlets was carried out in which examinees' performance on a 4-item subset of each testlet was used to predict performance on the entire testlet. Four models for constructing hierarchies were considered. These presentation hierarchies were compared with one another and with an optimally chosen set of four linearly administered items. The comparison was carried out using both the root mean square error and the conditional posterior variance as the criterion. It was found on cross validation that although an adaptive test is everywhere superior to a fixed format test, this superiority is crucially dependent on the quality of the items. When items vary considerably in quality a fixed format test, which uses the best items, can do almost as well as an adaptive test of equal length. Eleven figures and three tables present analysis results. An appendix presents some test items. (Contains 16 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.