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ERIC Number: ED516236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 156
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-6060-6
An Evaluation of a New Method of IRT Scaling
Ragland, Shelley
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, James Madison University
In order to be able to fairly compare scores derived from different forms of the same test within the Item Response Theory framework, all individual item parameters must be on the same scale. A new approach, the RPA method, which is based on transformations of predicted score distributions was evaluated here and was shown to produce results comparable to the widely used Stocking-Lord (SL) method under varying conditions of test length, number of common items, and differing ability distributions in a simulation study. The new method was also examined using actual student data and a resampling analysis. Both the simulation study and actual student data study resulted in very similar transformation constants for the RPA and SL methods when 15 or 10 common items were used. However, the RPA method produced greater variance, especially when only 5 common items were used in the actual student data analysis compared to the SL method. The simulated and actual data research findings demonstrate that the RPA method is a viable option for producing the transformation constants necessary for transforming separately calibrated item parameter estimates prior to equating. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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