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ERIC Number: EJ981543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0895-7347
Examining the Effectiveness of Test Accommodation Using DIF and a Mixture IRT Model
Cho, Hyun-Jeong; Lee, Jaehoon; Kingston, Neal
Applied Measurement in Education, v25 n4 p281-304 2012
This study examined the validity of test accommodation in third-eighth graders using differential item functioning (DIF) and mixture IRT models. Two data sets were used for these analyses. With the first data set (N = 51,591) we examined whether item type (i.e., story, explanation, straightforward) or item features were associated with item difficulty, item discrimination, or DIF. The second data set (N = 3,452) was used to investigate whether observed DIF was related to students' accommodation status, gender, race, disability, or latent academic ability. Item types and features were significantly related to item difficulty but not to DIF. Story items were not always more difficult than explanation or straightforward items. Observed DIF was partially explained by an interaction of accommodation use and academic ability. Limitations and implications of this study are discussed, and suggestions for future research are offered. (Contains 4 footnotes and 10 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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