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ERIC Number: EJ950174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1380-3611
Designing the Test Booklets for Rasch Model Calibration in a Large-Scale Assessment with Reference to Numerous Moderator Variables and Several Ability Dimensions
Kubinger, Klaus D.; Hohensinn, Christine; Hofer, Sandra; Khorramdel, Lale; Frebort, Martina; Holocher-Ertl, Stefana; Reif, Manuel; Sonnleitner, Philipp
Educational Research and Evaluation, v17 n6 p483-495 2011
In large-scale assessments, it usually does not occur that every item of the applicable item pool is administered to every examinee. Within item response theory (IRT), in particular the Rasch model (1960), this is not really a problem because item calibration works nevertheless. The different test booklets only need to be conceptualized according to a connected incomplete block design. Yet, connectedness of such a design should best be fulfilled severalfold, since deletion of some items in the course of the item pool's IRT calibration may become necessary. The real challenge, however, is to meet constraints determined by numerous moderator variables such as different response formats and several topics of content--all the more so, if several ability dimensions are under consideration, the testing duration is strongly limited or individual scoring and feedback is an issue. In this article, we offer a report of how to deal with the resulting problems. Experience is based on the governmental project of the Austrian Educational Standards (Kubinger et al., 2007). (Contains 1 note, 1 table, and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Austria