TitleComputerized adaptive testing using the partial credit model: Effects of item pool characteristics and different stopping rules
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsDodd, BG, Koch, WR, de Ayala, RJ
JournalEducational and Psychological Measurement
Publication Languageeng

Simulated datasets were used to research the effects of the systematic variation of three major variables on the performance of computerized adaptive testing (CAT) procedures for the partial credit model. The three variables studied were the stopping rule for terminating the CATs, item pool size, and the distribution of the difficulty of the items in the pool. Results indicated that the standard error stopping rule performed better across the variety of CAT conditions than the minimum information stopping rule. In addition it was found that item pools that consisted of as few as 30 items were adequate for CAT provided that the item pool was of medium difficulty. The implications of these findings for implementing CAT systems based on the partial credit model are discussed.