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Using data from a pilot test of science and math from students in 30 high schools, item difficulties were estimated with a one-parameter model (partial-credit model for the multi-point items). Some items were multiple-choice items, and others were constructed-response items (open-ended). Four sets of estimates were obtained: estimates for males and females, and treating omitted items as incorrect and treating omitted items as not-presented (not-reached). Then, using data from an operational test (high-stakes, for diploma endorsement), the fit of these item estimates was assessed. In science, the fit was quite good under all conditions. In math, the fit was better for girls than boys, the fit was better when omitted items were treated as not-presented, and the gender difference in fit was smaller when the omitted items were treated as not-presented. (Author/SLD)

Descriptors: Constructed Response, Difficulty Level, Estimation (Mathematics), Goodness of Fit, High School Students, High Schools, Mathematics Tests, Multiple Choice Tests, Pilot Projects, Science Tests, Sex Differences, Test Items











Author: DeMars, Christine

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10548&id=ED421496







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