Accession Number:

ADA061569

Title:

Criterion-Referenced Testing: A Critical Analysis of Selected Models

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK

Report Date:

1978-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

64.0

Abstract:

Several mathematical models for use in criterion-referenced testing are reviewed and compared. The models are evaluated on both formal-analytic and empirical grounds. Predictive models include probabilistic formulations, a binomial model, and a Bayesian model. Descriptive methods include a categorization scheme, a one-parameter logistic model, and linear regression. An empirical method for relating mastery criteria to derived educational outcomes is also included. Problems inherent in each model or class of models are described. Such problems include tenability of assumptions, ease of application, assessment of item characteristics, and assessment of the models fit to data. Each methodmodel appears to be appropriate for specific types of testing situations, although further development will depend upon computer simulation and empirical research.

Subject Categories:

  • Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE