Applications of Latent Trait Theory to the Development and Use of Criterion-Referenced Tests
Final technical rept., 1 Feb 1978-30 Apr 1979
MASSACHUSETTS UNIV AMHERST LAB OF PSYCHOMETRIC AND EVALUATIVE RESEARCH
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The success of criterion-referenced testing programs depends to a considerable extent upon how effectively tests are constructed, and test scores used to assign examinees to mastery states andor to estimate examinee domain scores. Methodologies such as decision theory, Bayesian statistics, and generalizability theory have been used successfully to address a variety of technical matters for example, reliability estimation and domain score estimation. The purpose of this paper were to consider latent trait theory as a framework for resolving some of the technical aspects associated with criterion- referenced tests. Specifically, advantages and disadvantages of latent trait theoretic concepts were considered a discussion of past applications to test development and test score usage were provided and directions for future research and development were offered. Keywords Latent trait theory, Cognition, Mathematical models, Psychological tests, Aptitude tests.
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