Message from Rasch SIG Chair, March 2014

Greetings Rasch SIG colleagues,

I hope 2014 finds you well. In lieu of AERA fast approaching, I wanted to share a few brief comments. First, I wanted to acknowledge the efforts our Program Co-Chairs Kelly Bradley and Jessica Cunningham for their work in putting together this year's Rasch Measurement SIG sessions. This year's program includes several paper and poster sessions focusing on everything from instrument development to item and person fit and Rasch-based modeling approaches. I hope you'll make every effort to seek out these events if you'll be able to attend AERA.

I'm also quite excited to report that David Andrich has graciously agreed to speak at this year's business meeting. The title of his talk is "On Rasch Measurement Theory" in which he presents a timely discourse on the work of Georg Rasch:

"This presentation argues that the contribution and significance of the work of Georg Rasch to the understanding and practice of social measurement is both understated and misunderstood when it is seen primarily as an exercise in response modeling. It is argued that a complex of understandings of his contribution, which entails (i) an a-priori criterion of invariance of comparisons within a specified frame of reference, (ii) rendering this criterion in the form of class of probabilistic models which have sufficient statistics for all parameters, (iii) articulating these models with a body of knowledge of statistical inference, and (iv) anchoring the models in an empirical paradigm of item and test construction, justifies it being referred to as the Rasch Measurement Theory. In making the case, the paper makes some comparisons and contrasts with the principles of Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory and suggests that both these approaches to social measurement have less of a claim to being called a theory than the approach by Rasch."

Hopefully his abstract whets your appetite a bit and will have you marking your calendar accordingly. As with recent history, you can expect the business meeting to be in line with the past few in that I will be providing a brief State of the SIG address prior to introducing David. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 3rd from 6:15pm to 7:45pm. Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided. I will send out more detailed information on all presentations and logistics prior to the AERA conference.

I also wanted to acknowledge the fact that we have just wrapped up an election which will mark the first implementation of SIG bylaws. Specifically we'll be welcoming three newly elected SIG officers. Of course results are yet to be tallied and delivered, so I'm afraid I have nothing official to report as of this publication. But stay tuned, as we shall know within the month.

Thanks kindly. I look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!

Tim O'Neil
Rasch SIG Chair

Message from Rasch SIG Chair. T. O'Neil … Rasch Measurement Transactions, 2014, 27:4 p. 1444-5

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

To be emailed about new material on
please enter your email address here:

I want to Subscribe: & click below
I want to Unsubscribe: & click below

Please set your SPAM filter to accept emails from welcomes your comments:

Your email address (if you want us to reply):


ForumRasch Measurement Forum to discuss any Rasch-related topic

Go to Top of Page
Go to index of all Rasch Measurement Transactions
AERA members: Join the Rasch Measurement SIG and receive the printed version of RMT
Some back issues of RMT are available as bound volumes
Subscribe to Journal of Applied Measurement

Go to Institute for Objective Measurement Home Page. The Rasch Measurement SIG (AERA) thanks the Institute for Objective Measurement for inviting the publication of Rasch Measurement Transactions on the Institute's website,

Coming Rasch-related Events
Oct. 6 - Nov. 3, 2023, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Rasch Measurement - Core Topics (E. Smith, Facets),
Oct. 12, 2023, Thursday 5 to 7 pm Colombian timeOn-line workshop: Deconstruyendo el concepto de validez y Discusiones sobre estimaciones de confiabilidad SICAPSI (J. Escobar, C.Pardo)
June 12 - 14, 2024, Wed.-Fri. 1st Scandinavian Applied Measurement Conference, Kristianstad University, Kristianstad, Sweden
Aug. 9 - Sept. 6, 2024, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Many-Facet Rasch Measurement (E. Smith, Facets),


The URL of this page is