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Adaptive Testing: The Future of Assessment

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August 10, 2017

1:00–2:00 pm EDT

This webinar will provide an introduction to computerized adaptive testing (CAT) and how it can be used to improve assessment. First, we will provide a brief background to item response theory, the modern paradigm for test development. Next, we will discuss the technical components of a CAT, including item selection algorithm and termination criterion. Finally, we will present a model for the development of a CAT including information on feasibility studies and business cases. Because CAT can drastically improve the quality of an assessment, it has a strong impact on learning as well as producing fairer tests, more secure tests, and more accurate tests. It also decreases test length by 50-90%, allowing professionals to get back to work more quickly.

Attendees will be able to:

  • identify of the fundamentals of item response theory and adaptive testing. 
  • to discuss the benefits of CAT. 
  • be able to consider a business case for implementing CAT.
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Nathan Thompson

I am passionate about improving assessment via technology and psychometrics, and how they can be used to improve aspects of our society from Education to Medicine to Professional Certification to Pre-Employment Testing.  Tests are used to make decisions about people every day.  Bad tests make bad decisions.  I want to provide software tools and education to practitioners to help better tests be made.  

My background is as a PhD psychometrician with a focus on item response theory (IRT) and computerized adaptive testing (CAT), and since both remain vastly underutilized, a specific goal is to provide software, training, and other materials to allow IRT/CAT to become more widespread.  I wish to elevate the profession by automating the many mundane tasks done by psychometricians, allowing us to focus on solving important measurement problems.

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