Design of CAT: Considerations, Realities

Thursday, June 20, 2013: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Chesapeake A-B (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center)
  • CAT item pool and Alignment2.pdf (805.4 kB)
  • Handouts
  • BuyersguidetoCAT.pdf (192.5 kB)
  • CBT-2011.pdf (826.5 kB)
  • Content Strands:
    1. Transitioning assessment systems
    Computer-adaptive tests—like “growth models”—have many different designs, intended for various uses and to meet various constraints.  What are the main types of CAT designs?  What are the advantages, disadvantages, and requirements of these designs?  What practical considerations (e.g., logistics, security, maintenance, cost) should states or other entities consider when considering adopting or developing a CAT?  What emerging issues should CAT adopters be aware of (e.g., machine scoring, automatic item generation, validation)?  This session will provide a valuable introduction to CAT model considerations.  Note: This session is coordinated with session titled "CAT Test Specifications: What’s Different? What’s the Same?"