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The measurement models employed to score tests have been evolving over the past century from those that focus on the entire test (true score theory) to models that focus on individual test items (item response theory) to models that use small groups of items (testlets) as the fungible unit from which tests are constructed and scored (testlet response theory, or TRT). In this book, the inventors of TRT trace the history of this evolution and explain the character of modern TRT. Written for researchers and professionals in statistics, psychometrics, and educational psychology, the first part offers an accessible introduction to TRT and its applications. The second part presents a comprehensive, self-contained discussion of the model couched within a fully Bayesian framework. Its parameters are estimated using Markov chain Monte Carlo procedures, and the resulting posterior distributions of the parameter estimates yield insights into score stability that were previously unsuspected.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521862721
ISBN-10: 0521862728
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Howard Wainer

Dr Howard Wainer is a Distinguished Research Scientist for the National Board of Medical Examiners and Adjunct Professor of Statistics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Eric T. Bradlow is the K. P. Chao Professor, Professor of Marketing and Statistics, and Academic Director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the Wharton faculty, he worked in the Corporate Marketing and Business Research Division at the DuPont Corporation, and in the Statistics and Psychometrics Research Group at the Educational Testing Service. Bradlow was recently named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Dr Xiaohui Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Virginia. She worked as a Principal Data Analyst for three years in the Division of Data Analysis and Research Technology at the Educational Testing Service. She has twice received the National Council on Measurement in Education Award for Scientific Contribution to a Field of Educational Measurement.

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