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ERIC Number: EJ1115379
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2157-2100
Design and Discovery in Educational Assessment: Evidence-Centered Design, Psychometrics, and Educational Data Mining
Mislevy, Robert J.; Behrens, John T.; Dicerbo, Kristen E.; Levy, Roy
Journal of Educational Data Mining, v4 n1 p11-48 2012
"Evidence-centered design" (ECD) is a comprehensive framework for describing the conceptual, computational and inferential elements of educational assessment. It emphasizes the importance of articulating inferences one wants to make and the evidence needed to support those inferences. At first blush, ECD and "educational data mining" (EDM) might seem in conflict: structuring situations to evoke particular kinds of evidence, versus discovering meaningful patterns in available data. However, a dialectic between the two stances increases understanding and improves practice. We first introduce ECD and relate its elements to the broad range of digital inputs relevant to modern assessment. We then discuss the relation between EDM and psychometric activities in educational assessment. We illustrate points with examples from the "Cisco Networking Academy", a global program in which information technology is taught through a blended program of face-to-face classroom instruction, an online curriculum, and online assessments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305C080015