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ERIC Number: EJ1030026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0022-0655
Analysis of Added Value of Subscores with Respect to Classification
Sinharay, Sandip
Journal of Educational Measurement, v51 n2 p212-222 Sum 2014
Brennan noted that users of test scores often want (indeed, demand) that subscores be reported, along with total test scores, for diagnostic purposes. Haberman suggested a method based on classical test theory (CTT) to determine if subscores have added value over the total score. One way to interpret the method is that a subscore has added value only if it has a better agreement than the total score with the corresponding subscore on a parallel form. The focus of this article is on classification of the examinees into "pass" and "fail" (or master and nonmaster) categories based on subscores. A new CTT-based method is suggested to assess whether classification based on a subscore is in better agreement, than classification based on the total score, with classification based on the corresponding subscore on a parallel form. The method can be considered as an assessment of the added value of subscores with respect to classification. The suggested method is applied to data from several operational tests. The added value of subscores with respect to classification is found to be very similar, except at extreme cutscores, to their added value from a value-added analysis of Haberman.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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