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ERIC Number: EJ904211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1530-5058
Using the Attribute Hierarchy Method to Make Diagnostic Inferences about Examinees' Knowledge and Skills in Mathematics: An Operational Implementation of Cognitive Diagnostic Assessment
Gierl, Mark J.; Alves, Cecilia; Majeau, Renate Taylor
International Journal of Testing, v10 n4 p318-341 2010
The purpose of this study is to apply the attribute hierarchy method in an operational diagnostic mathematics program at Grades 3 and 6 to promote cognitive inferences about students' problem-solving skills. The attribute hierarchy method is a psychometric procedure for classifying examinees' test item responses into a set of structured attribute patterns associated with a cognitive model. Principled test design procedures were used to design the exam and evaluate the student response data. To begin, cognitive models were created by content specialists outlining the knowledge and skills required to solve mathematical tasks in Grades 3 and 6. Then, items were written specifically to measure the skills in the cognitive models. Finally, confirmatory psychometric analyses were used to evaluate the student response data by estimating model-data fit, attribute probabilities for diagnostic score reporting, and attribute reliabilities. Future directions for score reporting and adaptive diagnostic testing are discussed. (Contains 4 tables, 7 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 6
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Language: English
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