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ERIC Number: EJ1049760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1530-5058
Using Out-of-Level Items in Computerized Adaptive Testing
Wei, Hua; Lin, Jie
International Journal of Testing, v15 n1 p50-70 2015
Out-of-level testing refers to the practice of assessing a student with a test that is intended for students at a higher or lower grade level. Although the appropriateness of out-of-level testing for accountability purposes has been questioned by educators and policymakers, incorporating out-of-level items in formative assessments for accurate feedback is recommended. This study made use of a commercial item bank with vertically scaled items across grades and simulated student responses in a computerized adaptive testing (CAT) environment. Results of the study suggested that administration of out-of-level items improved measurement accuracy and test efficiency for students who perform significantly above or below their grade-level peers. This study has direct implications with regards to the relevance, applicability, and benefits of using out-of-level items in CAT.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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