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Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics (REMP)

International Conferences in Summer 2008!

A number of faculty and staff from the Research and Evaluation Methods Program/Center for Educational Assessment will be traveling overseas this summer to attend and speak at several international meetings. First up is the III European Congress of Methodology, which will be held July 8 - 12, 2008 in Oviedo, Spain, at the University of Oviedo. At that conference, Professor Ronald K. Hambleton will provide a keynote address on "The Next Great Challenges for Psychological and Educational Measurement."

After Oviedo, the International Test Commission will hold their 6th Conference focusing on "The Impact of Testing on People and Society: Enhancing the Value of Test Use". This meeting will take place in Liverpool, England on July 14-16, 2008, and will also feature a keynote address from Professor Ronald K. Hambleton on "A Key for Valid Uses of Tests: Making Test Score Reports More Understandable and User-Friendly".

UMass presentations and workshops at Oviedo include:

Decisions That Make a Difference in Detecting Differential Item Functioning [workshop]
Stephen G. Sireci - University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Interesting and Novel Advances in Applying Item Response Theory Models [symposium]
Chaired and organized by Ronald Hambleton - University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
A Nonparametric Approach for Investigating Model Fit in Item Response Theory [paper]
Craig S. Wells, Ronald K. Hambleton, Tie Liang - University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Test Score Comparability Across Language and Cultural Groups in the Presence of Item Bias [paper]
Paula Elosua - University of the Basque Country, Spain; Ronald Hambleton - University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Constructing and Evaluating Customized Test Score Norms [paper]
Luis Lozano - University of Jaen, Spain; Ronald K. Hambleton - University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Enhancing the Meaningfulness of Score Scales Using Item Response Theory [paper]
Stephen G. Sireci, Ronald K. Hambleton - University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA; Kristen Huff - College Board, USA
A comparison of common factor linear model and IRT likelihood ratio test for identifying differential item functioning [paper]
Paula Elosua - University of the Basque Country, Spain; Craig Wells - University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

The analyses of the structural equivalence of the different linguistic and cultural versions of the Self-Government Inventory (SSI-K3) via Multidimensional Scaling [paper]
Jose L. Padilla - University of Granada; Stephen G. Sireci - University of Massachusetts; BeatrÝz Acosta - University of Papaloapan; Juana Gomez - University of Barcelona
UMass presentations in Liverpool include:
Using item response theory models to construct tests and equate and report scores [workshop]
Craig S. Wells, Ronald K. Hambleton - University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Constructing and Evaluating Customized Test Score Norms [paper]
Ronald Hambleton - University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Have My Test Items Been Stolen? Item Statistics to Find Out [paper]
Ronald Hambleton - University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA; Ning Han - Educational Testing Service

Communicating results of comparisons of international assessments with NAEP [in NAEP symposium]
Stephen G. Sireci - University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Communicating the results of score equity assessment [in NAEP symposium]
Craig Wells - University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Communicating the utility of NAEP score reports [in NAEP symposium]
April L. Zenisky, Ronald K. Hambleton, and Stephen G. Sireci - University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Customizing the View: Evaluating the Communication of National Assessment Results [paper]
April L. Zenisky, Ronald K. Hambleton, and Stephen G. Sireci - University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

The use of 'standardized coding schemes' to analyse construct equivalence via cognitive interviewing [paper]
Jose-Luis Padilla - University of Granada; Stephen G. Sireci - University of Massachusetts

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