AERA 1999 Montreal Presessions

N. An Introduction to Rasch Measurement: Theory and Applications

O. Practical Methods for Setting Criterion-Referenced Passing Standards: An Exploration of Objective Standard Setting

N. An Introduction to Rasch Measurement: Theory and Applications

Co-Directors: Richard M. Smith, Rehabilitation Foundation, Inc.; Everett V. Smith, Jr., University of Illinois

Dates: Saturday, April 17, 9:00-5:00, and Sunday, April 18, 9:00-5:00

Fee: Member-$110; Nonmember-$130

This training session will provide participants with an introduction to Rasch measurement. The focus will be on solving practical measurement problems including item calibration, item banking, test equating, computer adaptive testing, item bias, score reporting, standard setting, and performance-based assessment. Four data types will be discussed - dichotomous, rating scale, partial credit, and many-facet data. Instruction will include introduction to the theory of Rasch measurement, the Rasch family of psychometric models, estimation procedures, and the testing of the fit of data to the measurement models. Participants will be provided hands-on training in using WINSTEPS and FACETS to analyze educational and psychological data. The training session will be a combination of lecture, question-and-answer, and small-group instruction. The audience includes anyone interested in learning about Rasch measurement. Previous training in measurement is helpful, but not required. Participants will be provided demo versions of software, a copy of Applications of Rasch Measurement, and course materials. Participants are invited to bring PC-compatible laptop computers and their own data sets for use in small-group instructional activities.

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O. Practical Methods for Setting Criterion-Referenced Passing Standards: An Exploration of Objective Standard Setting

Director: Gregory E. Stone, Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.

Dates: Sunday, April 18, 1:00-6:00, and Monday, April 19, 8:00-11:00

Fee- Member-$70; Nonmember-$90

Setting criterion-referenced standards for traditional examinations has often been a hit-and-miss process involving exhaustive training, overly complicated mathematics, and multiple corrective adjustments. Practical standard setting introduces participants to new theories and understandings regarding criterion-referencing that expand and enhance the evaluative components important to any definitional process. Participants will learn about the foundation and use of the Objective Standard Setting (OSS) model. Developed in a practical, high-stakes examination setting, OSS makes use of the Rasch measurement model and a substantively new evaluative approach. Participants will be introduced to computer software that may be used to assist the standard setter and provide simple, straightforward approaches that are understandable, straightforward, and immediately useful. While no prerequisite knowledge is required, some background in traditional methods for standard establishment (e.g., Angoff, Ebel, etc.) and/or measurement theory might prove useful. Examiners, testing officers, standard reviewers, measurement instructors, and others involved in establishing and evaluating performance standards are encouraged to attend. Individuals engaged in actual standard setting are encouraged to bring their specific tangible issues and problems to the workshop. The workshop will consist of interactive presentations and discussion sessions. The presenter will be available for small-group or individual consultation at the conclusion of the session.

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AERA Training,
1230 17th Street NW,
Washington DC 20036-3078
FAX (202) 775-1824

AERA Montreal Rasch Pre-sessions … Rasch Measurement Transactions, 1998, 12:3 p. 643.

Rasch Publications
Rasch Measurement Transactions (free, online) Rasch Measurement research papers (free, online) Probabilistic Models for Some Intelligence and Attainment Tests, Georg Rasch Applying the Rasch Model 3rd. Ed., Bond & Fox Best Test Design, Wright & Stone
Rating Scale Analysis, Wright & Masters Introduction to Rasch Measurement, E. Smith & R. Smith Introduction to Many-Facet Rasch Measurement, Thomas Eckes Invariant Measurement: Using Rasch Models in the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences, George Engelhard, Jr. Statistical Analyses for Language Testers, Rita Green
Rasch Models: Foundations, Recent Developments, and Applications, Fischer & Molenaar Journal of Applied Measurement Rasch models for measurement, David Andrich Constructing Measures, Mark Wilson Rasch Analysis in the Human Sciences, Boone, Stave, Yale
in Spanish: Análisis de Rasch para todos, Agustín Tristán Mediciones, Posicionamientos y Diagnósticos Competitivos, Juan Ramón Oreja Rodríguez

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June 23 - July 21, 2023, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Practical Rasch Measurement - Further Topics (E. Smith, Winsteps),
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