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ERIC Number: EJ1103008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0655
Monitoring Items in Real Time to Enhance CAT Security
Zhang, Jinming; Li, Jie
Journal of Educational Measurement, v53 n2 p131-151 Sum 2016
An IRT-based sequential procedure is developed to monitor items for enhancing test security. The procedure uses a series of statistical hypothesis tests to examine whether the statistical characteristics of each item under inspection have changed significantly during CAT administration. This procedure is compared with a previously developed CTT-based procedure through simulation studies. The results show that when the total number of examinees is fixed both procedures can control the rate of type I errors at any reasonable significance level by choosing an appropriate cutoff point and meanwhile maintain a low rate of type II errors. Further, the IRT-based method has a much lower type II error rate or more power than the CTT-based method when the number of compromised items is small (e.g., 5), which can be achieved if the IRT-based procedure can be applied in an active mode in the sense that flagged items can be replaced with new items.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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