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Research and Evaluation Methods

REMP/CEA Faculty and Students at NCME and AERA 2008!

New York, NY, Site of NCME/AERA 2008 The Center for Educational Assessment and the Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics (REMP) concentration are pleased to note that a number of faulty, students, and staff had their work accepted for presentation on the programs of the annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association and the National Council on Measurement in Education. These meetings were held in New York, NY, March 24 - 28, 2008. More information about AERA's meeting can be found here on the conference website, and here for NCME.

Also note that the UMass Reception was held on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at the Hilton New York Hotel, Gramercy Suite A, from 7 to 9 p.m. More information can also be found here.

Below is a brief listing of CEA/REMP presentations at NCME, then AERA.

NCME

A nonparametric approach for assessing model fit in a fixed format test
Tie Liang, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Craig S. Wells, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Evaluating decision accuracy and decision consistency on multistage adaptive tests
Wendy Lam, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Shuhong Li, Educational Testing Service; Stephen G. Sireci, University of Massachusetts Amherst

A range-null hypothesis approach for testing DIF under the Rasch model
Craig S. Wells, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Allan Cohen, University of Georgia, Athens; Jeffrey Patton, University of Massachusetts Amherst

A method of detecting differential test functioning
Leah Kaira, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Craig S. Wells, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Vertical scaling: A comparison of equating methods with unidimensional and multidimensional data
Zachary Smith, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Matthew Finkelman, Measured Progress; Michael Nering, Measured Progress; Wonsuk Kim, Measured Progress

NCME Poster: An investigation of the standardized P-difference
Jeffrey Patton, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Craig S. Wells, University of Massachusetts Amherst

NCME Poster: A computer software for graphical residual analysis
Tie Liang, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Kyung T. Han, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Peter Baldwin, National Board of Medical Examiners

NCME Poster: A statistic for assessing model fit at the test score level
Pauline Parker, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Craig Wells, University of Massachusetts Amherst

NCME Poster: Checking the dimensionality of the Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Tests (MAPT) with both real and simulated data sets
Nina Deng, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Ronald Hambleton, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Guidelines for translating and adapting educational and psychological tests
Ronald Hambleton, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Validity evidence for the book-mark method
Ronald Hambleton (Session Discussant), University of Massachusetts Amherst

Equity and comparability in international large scale assessments
Ronald Hambleton (Session Discussant), UNiversity of Massachusetts Amherst

Item response theory: Models and procedures - Paper Session
Craig Wells (Session Moderator), University of Massachusetts Amherst

A psychometric analysis of a Spanish read-aloud accommodation
Stephen Sireci, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Craig Wells, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Jennifer Dunn, National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment

Contributions to educational measurement: Schrodinger's Cat, Rasch's P and the most dangerous equation
Stephen Sireci (Session Moderator), University of Massachusetts Amherst

Accessibility, comparability, and validity: Evaluating test score equivalence across test forms and subpopulations - Invited Symposium
Stephen Sireci (Session Discussant), University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Educational Measurement Profession In 2007: What Is The State of Our Union? - Coordinated Session
Stephen Sireci (Session Discussant), University of Massachusetts Amherst

The influence of item type on cut scores in the bookmark standard setting procedure
Karla Egan, CTB/McGraw-Hill; Christina Schneider, CTB/McGraw-Hill; Lisa Keller, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Measures of differential item functioning - Paper Session
Lisa Keller (Session Discussant), University of Massachusetts Amherst


AERA

Test accommodations and item-level analyses: Mixture DIF models to establish valid test score inferences
Stan E. Scarpati, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Craig S. Wells, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Christine Shea, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Stephen J. Jirka, University of Massachusetts Amherst

The big challenges and research opportunities in testing and measurement
Ronald Hambleton (Chair and Contributor), University of Massachusetts Amherst

Comparative perspectives on classical psychometrics and item response theory Ronald Hambleton, University of Massachusetts Amherst

User centered design in building educational assessments
Ronald Hambleton (Discussant), University of Massachusetts Amherst

The effect of shifting content on the accuracy of equating
Lisa Keller, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Rob Keller, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Pauline Parker, University of Massachusetts Amherst

How do other countries measure up to the mathematics and science achievement levels on the National Assessment of Educational Progress?
Ronald K. Hambleton, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Zachary R. Smith, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Stephen G. Sireci, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Readiness, fit, and coherence: The implementation of formative assessment products in three northeastern school districts
Matthew C. Militello, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Jason Schweid, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Stephen G. Sireci, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Validity and beyond
Stephen G. Sireci, University of Massachusetts Amherst

What are the factors in factor analysis? The Thurstone-Anastasi debate
Stephen G. Sireci, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Leah Kaira, University of Massachusetts Amherst

What's the difference? Raising questions about gender and race response differences on a doctoral survey instrument
Benita J. Barnes, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Craig S. Wells, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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