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IES Grant

Title: Psychometric Models for 21st Century Educational Survey Assessments
Center: NCER Year: 2011
Principal Investigator: Rijmen, Frank Awardee: Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Program: Statistical and Research Methodology in Education      [Program Details]
Award Period: 3 years Award Amount: $1,197,301
Type: Methodological Innovation Award Number: R305D110027
Description:

Co-Principal Investigator: Matthias Von Davier

The project will develop models for the statistical analysis of data from large-scale survey assessments including the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), and the Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA). These models will reflect recent changes in assessment frameworks such as the increased utilization of technology and the increased integration of tasks. The psychometric models to be developed will be characterized by a structured high dimensionality to closely mirror how recent assessment frameworks specify the relationship between tasks and underlying content domains and the cognitive processes required for solving these tasks. For example, reading item clusters are nested within text types (content) which are crossed with reading processes. As a result, the dimensions capturing individual differences related to reading item clusters will be nested within the dimensions for text types. This will then be crossed with the dimensions corresponding to reading processes. In addition, the models are to be developed to take into account the multilevel structure of the samples.

The project will formulate multidimensional, item response theory models within the generalized linear and nonlinear mixed model framework. Graphical model theory will be used to assess the computational complexity of the models and efficient maximum likelihood estimation methods will be derived for those models for which the computational burden can be reduced by exploiting the conditional independence relations implied by the model. Models of various degrees of complexity will be formulated: a confirmatory structure reflecting one item classification scheme (either content- or process-based), a confirmatory structure that reflects the cross-classification of items along both content domains and cognitive processes, and a confirmatory structure that reflects the cross-classification of items and the effect of item clusters. The models that allow for efficient, maximum-likelihood estimation will be applied to a NAEP or other large-scale educational survey assessment. The results will be disseminated and the research software used to estimate the models will be made available on a website dedicated to this project. The software will be developed within a general framework that integrates mixed models with graphical models.

The project will also develop alternatives to numerical integration for those models for which the computational burden remains high after exploiting the conditional independence relations. Both stochastic and variational approximation techniques will be developed and evaluated using simulated data. Successful estimation methods will be applied to a NAEP or other large-scale educational survey assessment. The results will be disseminated through a presentation at a statistical or psychometric conference and research software for sampling-based and variational methods will be made available on the website.

Related IES Projects: Developing Enhanced Assessment Tools for Capturing Students' Procedural Skills and Conceptual Understanding in Math (R324A150035); Generalized, Multilevel, and Longitudinal Psychometric Models for Evaluating Educational Interventions (R305D220020)

Publications

Journal article, monograph, or newsletter

Jeon, M., and De Boeck, P. (2016). A Generalized Item Response Tree Model for Psychological Assessments. Behavior Research Methods, 48(3), 1070–1085.

Jeon, M., and Rabe-Hesketh, S. (2016). An Autoregressive Growth Model for Longitudinal Item Analysis. Psychometrika, 81(3), 830–850.

Jeon, M., and Rijmen, F. (2016). A Modular Approach for Item Response Theory Modeling With the R Package Flirt. Behavior Research Methods, 48(2), 742–755.

Jeon, M., and Rijmen, F. (2014). Recent Developments in Maximum Likelihood Estimation of MTMM Models for Categorical Data. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 269.

Jeon, M., Rijmen, F., and Rabe-Hesketh, S. (2013). Modeling Differential Item Functioning Using a Generalization of the Multiple-Group Bifactor Model. Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, 38(1), 32–60.

Jeon, M., Rijmen, F., and Rabe-Hesketh, S. (2014). Flexible Item Response Theory Modeling With FLIRT. Applied Psychological Measurement, 38(5), 404–405.

Jeon, M., Rijmen, F., and Rabe-Hesketh, S. (2013). Modeling Differential Item Functioning Using a Generalization of the Multiple-Group Bifactor Model. Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, 38(1): 32–60.

Rijmen, F. (2011). The Latent Class Model as a Measurement Model for Situational Judgment Tests. Psychologica Belgica, 51(3): 197–212.

Rijmen, F. (2011). Hierarchical Factor Item Response Theory Models for PIRLS: Capturing Clustering Effects at Multiple Levels. IERI Monograph Series: Issues and Methodologies in Large-Scale Assessments, 4, 59–74.

Rijmen, F., and Jeon, M. (2013). Fitting an Item Response Theory Model With Random Item Effects Across Groups by a Variational Approximation Method. Annals of Operations Research, 206(1): 647–662.

Rijmen, F., Jeon, M., von Davier, M., and Rabe-Hesketh, S. (2014). A Third-Order Item Response Theory Model for Modeling the Effects of Domains and Subdomains in Large-Scale Educational Assessment Surveys. Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, 39(4), 235–256.

Rijn, P., and Rijmen, F. (2015). On the Explaining-Away Phenomenon in Multivariate Latent Variable Models. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, 68(1), 1–22.


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