UMD EDMS 769A - Syllabus (6 pages)

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School:
University of Maryland, College Park
Course:
Edms 769a - Special Topics In Applied Statistics In Education: Test Equating And Scaling

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EDMS 769A Test Equating Scaling and Linking Spring 2007 Room 2228 Tawes Building Instructor Amy B Hendrickson Ph D Office 1230B Benjamin Phone 301 405 3627 E mail ahendric umd edu Office Hours By appointment The prerequisites for the course are EDMS 646 Quantitative Research Methods II and EDMS 623 Applied Measurement Issues and Practices Course Objectives Standardized educational tests typically report scores on various score scales Equating methods are used to adjust test scores such that examinees are neither advantaged or disadvantaged for taking a relatively easy or difficult test form Linking procedures are sometimes used to relate scores on different tests The purposes of this course are to enable students to conduct equating to construct score scales to conduct linking studies and to appreciate a number of practical issues with equating score scales and linking educational tests The objectives for this course include gaining a conceptual understanding of the purposes of equating and the context in which it is conducted as well as the fundamental concepts of constructing score scales To understand the distinction between scaling equating and linking To identify appropriate and inappropriate uses and interpretations of equating scaling and linking results To conduct equating scaling and linking by hand and with computer programs in realistic testing situations Course Materials Required Text Kolen M J Brennan R L 2004 Test equating scaling and linking Methods and practices 2nd Edition New York Springer Verlag Class notes are available as a Course Pack at the University Book Store Required supplemental articles and chapters are listed later in the syllabus The readings can be found on 3 hour reserve in the basement of the Benjamin building Statistical Software Several computer programs will be used in this course These programs and the data sets used in the text are listed in Appendix B of Kolen and Brennan 2004 The programs can be downloaded from the website



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