A comparison of different equating methods for linking testlet-based tests

Zhonghua ZHANG

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The present study developed the item characteristic curve method and testlet characteristic curve method for linking the testlet-based tests under testlet response model. Then the effectiveness of the characteristic curve methods and the concurrent calibration method as regarding to testlet response model and IRT were compared under different conditions in this simulation study. The results indicated that the newly developed methods were shown to perform well in the recovery of the generating item parameters. Larger testlet variances led to greater equating errors. The study contributes to a better understanding of the effectiveness of different equating methods for testlet-based tests and helps clarify the influences of the local dependences, testlet variances, and number of common testlets on equating results.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2011




Zhang, Z. (2011, April). A comparison of different equating methods for linking testlet-based tests. Paper presented at the (American Educational Research Association) AERA 2011 Annual Meeting: Inciting the social imagination: Education research for the public good, New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, Louisiana.