Accession Number : ADA184383

Title :   Exploiting Auxiliary Information about Items in the Estimation of Rasch Item Difficulty Parameters.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE PRINCETON NJ

Personal Author(s) : Mislevy,Robert J

PDF Url : ADA184383

Report Date : Jul 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 59

Abstract : Standard procedures for estimating th item parameters in IRT models make no use of auxiliary information about test items, such as their format or content, or the skills they require for solution. This paper describes a framework for exploiting this information, thereby enhancing the precision and stability of item parameter estimates and providing diagnostic information about items' operating characteristics. The principles are illustrated in a context for which a relatively simple approximation is available: empirical Bayes estimation of Rasch item difficulty parameters.

Descriptors :   *TEST CONSTRUCTION(PSYCHOLOGY), *MATHEMATICAL MODELS, PARAMETERS, MAXIMUM LIKELIHOOD ESTIMATION, FORMATS, REGRESSION ANALYSIS, SKILLS, BAYES THEOREM

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Operations Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE