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A Note from the Chair

What Makes Rasch Measurement Special?

Over the years, we must all have been asked over and over again, "What makes Rasch measurement special?" Surely each of us has an answer. I have developed my own answer, but I want to hear yours. Will you write your answer and share it with me by December 25, 1994? (Think of it as your holiday gift to me!). I'm looking for a short answer containing 2-5 key points that you might stress in a 5-10 minute conversation with a practitioner interested in Rasch measurement theory and practice. I will summarize your responses in my next Note from the Chair. Thanks in advance for your help!

Professor George Engelhard, Jr.
Emory University
Division of Educational Studies
Atlanta, GA 30322


Friday, December 2, 1994, Chicago

CST Audio-Visual Enhancement and Decisions

Anna Bersky, Natnl Coun. St. Boards of Nursing

From PAP to CAT: DIF, Standards, Calibration

Ellen Julian & Anne Wendt

National Council State Boards of Nursing

Graphics for Mapping Rating Response Patterns

Richard Smith, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Stability of Ability Estimates from CAT

Mary Lunz, Amer. Soc. of Clinical Pathologists

Betty Bergstrom, Computer Adapt. Techn.

Function Assessment of Right Brain Damage

Allen Heinemann, Rehab. Inst. of Chicago

Anatomy of Objectivity -- The LEXILE Map

Jack Stenner, Metametrics Inc., N. Carolina

Evaluating Geology Labs with 200 Judges

William Boone, Indiana University

Teaching Force and Motion

Rudy Sirochman, Indiana University

Equating Parts and Wholes

Merv Brennan & Yi Du

Illinois State Board of Education

Teaching the Highs, Socializing the Lows

Gad Yair, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Health Education Performance Assessment

Mike O'Brien & Linda Junker

Chicago Public Schools

Measuring Nurses' Performance

Pat Rice Rosen, De Paul University

Unfolding Instructional Emphasis

Julia Smith, University of Rochester

Modelling Percentage Ratings

John Michael Linacre, University of Chicago

Historical Truth and Local Independence

"When considering an accumulation of evidence, the more randomness in minor details, the stronger the sense of historical truth."

Gerd Theissen, University of Heidelberg, 1994, (lecture given at the Luther School of Theology, Chicago)

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Notes and Quotes … Rasch Measurement Transactions, 1994, 8:3 Passim

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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