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written by Caroline N. Cardamone, Jonathan E. Abbott, Saif Rayyan, Daniel T. Seaton, Andrew Pawl, and David E. Pritchard
Item response theory is useful in both the development and evaluation of assessments and in computing standardized measures of student performance. In item response theory, individual parameters (difficulty, discrimination) for each item or question are fit by item response models. These parameters provide a means for evaluating a test and offer a better measure of student skill than a raw test score, because each skill calculation considers not only the number of questions answered correctly, but the individual properties of all questions answered. Here, we present the results from an analysis of the Mechanics Baseline Test given at MIT during 2005-2010. Using the item parameters, we identify questions on the Mechanics Baseline Test that are not effective in discriminating between MIT students of different abilities. We show that a limited subset of the highest quality questions on the Mechanics Baseline Test returns accurate measures of student skill. We compare student skills as determined by item response theory to the more traditional measurement of the raw score and show that a comparable measure of learning gain can be computed.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 135-138
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Classical Mechanics
- General
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
= Instruments
= Longitudinal
= Methods
- Research Design & Methodology
= Evaluation
= Statistics
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10.1063/1.3680012
NSF Numbers:
0757931
1044294
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.10.gf
01.50.Kw
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PERC 2011, testing
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C. Cardamone, J. Abbott, S. Rayyan, D. Seaton, A. Pawl, and D. Pritchard, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11831&DocID=2681).
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C. Cardamone, J. Abbott, S. Rayyan, D. Seaton, A. Pawl, and D. Pritchard, Item response theory analysis of the mechanics baseline test presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11831&DocID=2681>.
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Cardamone, C., Abbott, J., Rayyan, S., Seaton, D., Pawl, A., & Pritchard, D. (2011, August 3-4). Item response theory analysis of the mechanics baseline test. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved August 22, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11831&DocID=2681
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Cardamone, C, J. Abbott, S. Rayyan, D. Seaton, A. Pawl, and D. Pritchard. "Item response theory analysis of the mechanics baseline test." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11831&DocID=2681 (accessed 22 August 2014).
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Cardamone, Caroline, Jonathan Abbott, Saif Rayyan, Daniel Seaton, Andrew Pawl, and David E. Pritchard. "Item response theory analysis of the mechanics baseline test." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 135-138 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 22 Aug. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11831&DocID=2681>.
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