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Center for Educational Assessment Faculty, Alumni, and Former Visiting Scholars' Involvement in the International Test Commission (ITC) Conference on Test Adaptation

The Center for Educational Assessment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is pleased to note the involvement of several faculty, alumni, and former visiting scholars in the Fifth International Conference on Psychological and Educational Test Adaptation across Language and Cultures: Building Bridges Among People. This conference of the International Test Commission (ITC) will take place July 6-8, 2006 at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Brussels, Belgium.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together experts on the topic of test translation and adaptation theory and practices with researchers, educators, psychologists, policy experts, and testing specialists for the purpose of sharing insights, guidelines, and research findings. The conference program will consist of invited lectures, workshops, symposia, paper sessions, and posters. More information about the conference can be found at the conference website.

From UMass, Professor Ronald K. Hambleton is co-chairing the conference program with Professor Jacques Grégoire of the University of Louvain in Belgium. In addition, Professor Hambleton will deliver a keynote talk on the ITC Guidelines for Adapting Tests and will also chair and serve as a discussant for several sessions at the conference.

Professor Stephen G. Sireci, also of UMass, will give one of the keynote addresses on validity considerations in cross-lingual assessment.

A list of papers and talks being given by UMass faculty, alumni, and former visiting scholars is provided below.

Keynote Address: Ronald K. Hambleton, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
International Test Commission Guidelines for Adapting Tests

Keynote Address: Stephen G. Sireci, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
Ensuring Validity in Cross-Lingual Assessment: Issues, Methods, and Future Research Directions

Keynote Address: Linda Cook, Educational Testing Service, USA
Practical Considerations in Linking Scores on Adapted Tests

Keynote Address: Jacques Grégoire, University of Louvain, Belgium
Status of Test Adaptation Research and Future Needs

Linda Cook, Dan Eignor, Educational Testing Service, USA
Linking Scores on Academic Assessments: Classical and IRT Approaches

Jose Muñiz, University of Oviedo, Spain
Developing and Validating Questionnaires and Tests: Original and Translated-Adapted Instruments

Paula Elosua-Oliden, Alicia Lopez, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Sources of DIF in Translated Items Between Spanish and Basque

Anil Kanjee, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
DIF Analysis with Multiple Language Groups: Theoretical Possibilities and Practical Challenges

Kevin Meara, Educational Testing Service, USA
A Procedure for Adapting English K-12 Assessments into Spanish

Avi Allalouf, National Institute for Testing and Evaluation, Israel
Which Item Types are Better Suited to Link Adapted Tests?

Luis Lozano, Eduardo Garcìa-Cueto, Maria Martin-Vazquez, Pablo Vero-Villarroel, University of Oviedo, Spain; Ana Villar-Casas, University of Nebraska, USA
Cultural Adaptation of a Masculinity-Femininity Scale

Luis Lozano, E.O.E.P., Eduardo Garcìa-Cueto, University of Oviedo, Spain; Rosa Ferreiro-Novo, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Dimensionality of Anxiety and Depression in the Evolutionary Development

Jose Muñiz, University of Oviedo, Spain
Developing Multiple-Choice Items: New Guidelines

Paula Elosua-Oliden, Univesidad del Pais Vasco, Spain; Ronald K .Hambleton, April L. Zenisky, University of Massachusetts, Amherst USA
Improving the Methodology for Detecting Biased Test Items


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