A Celebration of the Career and Contributions of Benjamin D. Wright

The Ben Wright "Festschrift"

Presentations, Roundtables, and Posters: Chicago, April 26-27, 2003

Benjamin D. Wright: Lifetime Achievement Award

On the afternoon of Friday, April 25, 2003, the day before his Festchrift Conference, Mary Lunz, a member of the Board of the Institute for Objective Measurement (IOM) presented Ben Wright with the "IOM Lifetime Achievement Award."

The presentation took place in Ben's back-garden in front of an audience of Ben's colleagues and former students. Ben Wright made a short speech in response to Mary's account of Ben's achievements and her personal reminiscences. Here are summary jottings of Ben's speech, made at the time:

"Thank you. I value your optimism and friendship. When I met Georg he spoke the same way. It was wonderful. It was absorbing. It was exhausting. Our conversations sometimes lasted two days. His wife insisted we be social, which was itself sometimes exhausting! I've enjoyed being social with each of you.
I began this years ago, and the [journey continues, but now you must make it.]
You will always count, but not all the same!
I wish Georg was here. He is in a way."

Ed Bouchard then presented Ben with a pre-publication copy of Ben's latest book, "Directing Observations, Inventing Constructs, Crafting Yardsticks, and Examining Fit", B. D. Wright & Mark H. Stone, Chicago: The Phaneron Press, 2003, (perhaps shortly to be available through Amazon.com). Ben autographed copies for those resourceful enough to obtain them on the spot.

Reflections on Ben Wright pre- and post-Rasch. Herbert J. Walberg

Ben Wright's Kinesthetic Ventures. Ed Bouchard

Ben Wright: "Idiosyncrasies of autobiography and personality" in taking up the Rasch measurement paradigm. David Andrich

Ben Wright's Contributions to Test Interpretation. Dick Woodcock

Dr. Benjamin D. Wright: A multi-facet analysis. Mary E. Lunz

The Multiple Careers of Benjamin D. Wright. Mark H. Stone Expected Values of Items Within a Measure May be Used to Monitor Patient Care. Carl V. Granger

Number-Freed Reporting: Grandchild of KIDMAP. Ronald Mead

The influence of the Pearsonian chi-square approach to assessing the fit of the data. Richard M. Smith and Ronald Mead

Ben Wright, Fundamental Measurement, and Cognitive Psychology. Ryan Patrick Bowles & Karen M. Schmidt

Measurement of political participation. Filemon Cerda

Measurement Properties of the Chinese Version of Cognitive Failures Questionnaire: A Rasch Model Rating Scale Analysis. Raymond Chan

Measurement in Evaluation Or Is It Evolution? Creating a New Measure. Ken Conrad Fortuitous Advancements in Rasch Analysis Software Packages. Tracy L. Kline & Karen M. Schmidt

A Historical View of the Development the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS). Brenda K. Merritt & Anne G. Fisher

Wright: A Standard of Human Expression. Gregory Stone

Use of the 'Ensemble Interpretation' When Fitting Construct Theories to Item Difficulties. Jack Stenner

Healthy Measurement. Alan Tennant

Application of the polytomous Saltus model to stage-like data. Karen Draney

Paired Comparison Matrices of Partial Credit Rasch Models. Mary Garner

Mapping Student Progress on Multiple Variables. Cathleen Kennedy & Karen Draney

RASCHLAB: Using Computer Simulation to Teach Objective Measurement. Rense Lange

A Bootstrap Approach To Rating Scale Optimization. Eric Van Lente & George Karabatsos

Reliability in Rasch Measurement: Avoiding the Rubber Ruler. Randy Schumacker & Ev Smith

Ben Wright's Role in Bringing Substantive Meaning to Variables. Geoff Masters

From Theoretical Research to For-Profit Ventures: My Journey with Ben Wright. Richard Gershon

The Influence on Ben Wright of some Friends and Acquaintances. John M. Linacre

A Rasch Scale of Perceived Seriousness of Boundary Crossings and Violations. Michael Lamport Commons, Patrice Marie Miller, & Thomas G. Gutheil

A multifaceted analysis of seven asthma severity indicators from a multi-site clinical trial with multiple physician assessors and multiple visits. T. Joseph Sheehan, Judith Fifield, and Joseph Burleson

Incorporating Rasch Measurement Ideas into Descriptions of Achievement based on Multiple Domains. Matt Schulz

Development of Measurement Tool for Estimating of Educators Attitude to Unified Graduation Exam. Anatoliy Maslak & Tatiana S. Anisimova

Measuring Social-Emotional and Self-Help/Adaptive Development in Young Children: An Application of Rasch Measurement. Futoshi Yumoto & Gregory R. Anderson

Optimal Categorization Construction: A Rasch View. Weimo Zhu

Measurement as struggle. Mark Wilson

Thurstone, Guttman, and Rasch: A comparison of their perspectives on invariant measurement. George Engelhard, Jr.

Provoking Professional Development. William Fisher

Benjamin D. Wright Festschrift and Award … Rasch Measurement Transactions, 2003, 17:1, 908-909

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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