Variations in adaptive testing and their online leverage points

Roy Levy, John T. Behrens, Robert J. Mislevy

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This chapter builds on foundational work on probabilistic frames of reference and principled assessment design to explore the role of adaptation in assessment. Assessments are characterized in terms of their claim status, observation status, and locus of control. The relevant claims and observations constitute a frame of discernment for the assessment. Adaptation occurs when the frame is permitted to evolve with respect to the claims or observations (or both); adaptive features may be controlled by the examiner or the examinee. In describing the various combinations of these characteristics, it is argued that an online format is preeminent for supporting common and emerging assessment practices in light of adaptation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOnline Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation
Subtitle of host publicationEmerging Practices
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781591407478
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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