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ERIC Number: EJ946747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0895-7347
Collateral Information for Equating in Small Samples: A Preliminary Investigation
Kim, Sooyeon; Livingston, Samuel A.; Lewis, Charles
Applied Measurement in Education, v24 n4 p302-323 2011
This article describes a preliminary investigation of an empirical Bayes (EB) procedure for using collateral information to improve equating of scores on test forms taken by small numbers of examinees. Resampling studies were done on two different forms of the same test. In each study, EB and non-EB versions of two equating methods--chained linear and chained mean--were applied to repeated small samples drawn from a large data set collected for a common-item equating. The criterion equating was the chained linear equating in the large data set. Equatings of other forms of the same test provided the collateral information. New-form sample size was varied from 10 to 200; reference-form sample size was constant at 200. One of the two new forms did not differ greatly in difficulty from its reference form, as was the case for the equatings used as collateral information. For this form, the EB procedure improved the accuracy of equating with new-form samples of 50 or fewer. The other new form was much more difficult than its reference form; for this form, the EB procedure made the equating less accurate. (Contains 2 footnotes, 2 tables, and 12 figures.)
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Language: English
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