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ERIC Number: EJ929234
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0146-6216
A Latent Class Approach to Estimating Test-Score Reliability
van der Ark, L. Andries; van der Palm, Daniel W.; Sijtsma, Klaas
Applied Psychological Measurement, v35 n5 p380-392 Jul 2011
This study presents a general framework for single-administration reliability methods, such as Cronbach's alpha, Guttman's lambda-2, and method MS. This general framework was used to derive a new approach to estimating test-score reliability by means of the unrestricted latent class model. This new approach is the latent class reliability coefficient (LCRC). Unlike other single-administration reliability methods, LCRC places few restrictions on the item scores. A simulation study showed that if data are multidimensional or if double monotonicity does not hold, then LCRC is less biased relative to the true reliability than Cronbach's alpha, Guttman's lambda-2, method MS, and the split-half reliability coefficient. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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