TitleOutlier detection in high-stakes certification testing
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsMeijer, RR
JournalJournal of Educational Measurement
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAdaptive Testing, computerized adaptive testing, Educational Measurement, Goodness of Fit, Item Analysis (Statistical), Item Response Theory, person Fit, Statistical Estimation, Statistical Power, Test Scores

Discusses recent developments of person-fit analysis in computerized adaptive testing (CAT). Methods from statistical process control are presented that have been proposed to classify an item score pattern as fitting or misfitting the underlying item response theory model in CAT Most person-fit research in CAT is restricted to simulated data. In this study, empirical data from a certification test were used. Alternatives are discussed to generate norms so that bounds can be determined to classify an item score pattern as fitting or misfitting. Using bounds determined from a sample of a high-stakes certification test, the empirical analysis showed that different types of misfit can be distinguished Further applications using statistical process control methods to detect misfitting item score patterns are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA )