ERIC Number: EJ1085495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Impact of Accumulated Error on Item Response Theory Pre-Equating with Mixed Format Tests
Keller, Lisa A.; Keller, Robert; Cook, Robert J.; Colvin, Kimberly F.
Applied Measurement in Education, v29 n1 p65-82 2016
The equating of tests is an essential process in high-stakes, large-scale testing conducted over multiple forms or administrations. By adjusting for differences in difficulty and placing scores from different administrations of a test on a common scale, equating allows scores from these different forms and administrations to be directly compared to one another (Kolen & Brennan, 2004); as such, the importance of the accuracy of equating is paramount for any assessment program. Due to the increasingly fast turnaround times required of testing companies in the reporting of test scores, many testing programs rely on pre-equating methodologies. Although many testing companies report the use of pre-equating for some of their tests, there is very little research evidence supporting its use. This study seeks to determine the impact of accumulated error from the long-term use of pre-equating in an operational testing program. Results indicate that for some tests, the pre-equating and post-equating produced almost identical results, while in other cases the differences were quite dramatic.
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A