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ERIC Number: EJ874424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 22
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ISSN: ISSN-0002-4805
Robustness of Lord's Formulas for Item Difficulty and Discrimination Conversions between Classical and Item Response Theory Models
Dawber, Teresa; Rogers, W. Todd; Carbonaro, Michael
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v55 n4 p512-533 Win 2009
Lord (1980) proposed formulas that provide direct relationships between IRT discrimination and difficulty parameters and conventional item statistics. The purpose of the present study was to determine the robustness of the formulas beyond the initial and restrictive conditions identified by Lord. Simulation and real achievement data were employed. Results from the simulation study indicate that the item discrimination parameters were recovered quite well for low to moderately discriminating items regardless of ability distribution, and the difficulty parameters were recovered quite well for the range typically found for achievement tests. Results of the real data were consistent with those found for the simulation study.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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