MS proposal by Yan Yan

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    • Wednesday March 11, 2020 - Thursday March 12, 2020
      1:00 pm - 2:59 pm
  • Location: J.S. Coon Building, Room 148
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Summary Sentence: Vertical Equating with Longitudinal Data: Unidimensional and Multidimensional Item Response Theory Models

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Name: Yan Yan

Master’s Thesis Proposal Meeting
Date: March 11, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: J.S. Coon Building, Room 148
Susan Embretson, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech)
Thesis Committee Members:

Susan Embretson, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech)
James Roberts, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech)

Michael Hunter, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech)

Title: Vertical Equating with Longitudinal Data: Unidimensional and Multidimensional Item Response Theory Models



Vertical linking of test items is essential for understanding developmental processes in many areas of education. Several approaches for equating and linking have been studied (e.g., Kolan & Brennan, 2004), involving both classical test theory and IRT based methods. Vertical equating has proven especially difficult because the tests are administered at different levels of difficulty and thus the distributions of the examinees also differ (Hambleton et al, 1985; von Davier, 2011). Expressing the scores of different test occasions on a common scale allows the tracking of the amount of change or growth in student achievement over time (Rijmen, 2009). IRT models that involve change are particularly appropriate (Rijmen, 2010). This study aims to examine multidimensional and unidimensional IRT models to link item parameters in both a longitudinal study of mathematics achievement in 7th and 8th grade and a simulation study with a longitudinal design of mathematics achievement in two adjacent grades. For each study, model fit and linking performances will be compared among four IRT models, which are two unidimensional models (Rasch and 2PL) and two multidimensional models, including MRMLC and its 2PL version, the structured latent trait model (SLTM; Embretson, 1997).

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MS Proposal
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