AIR Experts to Present at the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) Conference

Washington, D.C. – Experts from the American Institutes for Research will discuss aspects of educational evaluation and testing at the National Council on Measurement in Education’s (NCME) annual meeting being held April 26-30, 2017, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX.

The conference’s theme is “Advancing Large Scale and Classroom Assessment through Research and Practice” and focuses on facilitating and strengthening connections between large-scale assessment practice and classroom assessment use. NCME members include assessment, evaluation, testing and other educational measurement professionals involved in the construction and use of standardized tests; new forms of assessment, including performance-based assessment; program design; and program evaluation.

Presentations by AIR staff include:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

1:00 – 5:00 PM CDT

  • Analyzing NAEP Data Using Plausible Values and Marginal Estimation with AM

Conference Rooms 1&2, Meeting Room Level, Training Session, LL
AIR Presenters/Authors: Young Yee Ki & Emmanuel Sikali

Friday, April 28, 2017

12:25 – 1:55 PM CDT

  • Psychometric Issues in Multidimensional IRT

Conference Rooms 3&4, Meeting Room Level, Coordinated Session, C3

AIR Session Organizer: Ming Lei

Detecting Multidimensional Differential Item Functioning
AIR Presenters/Authors: Ming Lei & Hyesuk Jang

Explaining Away and Paradoxical Results
AIR Presenter/Author: Frank Rijmen

Posterior Predictive Model Checking in Detecting Testlet Clustering Effects
AIR Presenter/Author: Chao Xie

Developing Scalar Linking Constants in Multidimensional IRT Modeling
AIR Presenter/Author: Ming Lei

2:15 – 3:45 PM CDT

  • Imputing 12th-Grade NAEP Mathematics Scores for the Full HSLS Sample

Salon D, Meeting Room Level, Paper Session, D6
AIR Presenters/Authors: Burhan Ogut, George Bohrnstedt & Markus Broer

  • The Relationship Between Experiences with Technology and Reading Performance in NAEP

Salon L, Meeting Room Level, Paper Session, D8
AIR Presenters/Authors: Bitnara Jasmine Park, Young Yee Kim & Jiao Yu

Saturday, April 29, 2017

10:35 AM – 12:05 PM CDT

  • The Impacts of Psychometric Item Properties on Subscore Reliability in Multidimensional IRT

Salon K, Meeting Room Level, Paper Session, F7
AIR Presenter/Author: Yoon Jeong Kang

Sunday, April 30, 2017

10:35 AM – 12:05 PM CDT

  • Construct Comparability Between Paper- and Digital-Based Assessments in NAEP Grade 8 Mathematics

Salon J, Meeting Room Level, Electronic Board Session, Paper Session, J10
AIR Presenters/Authors: Young Yee Kim, Soo Lee & Jiao Yu

12:25 – 1:55 PM CDT

  • New Measures of Digital Access, Familiarity, Efficacy, and Engagement for Large-Scale Assessments

Conference Room 3&4, Meeting Room Level, Coordinated Session, K3

AIR Session Organizer: Sami Kitmitto
AIR Session Chair: George Bohrnstedt

Developing New Indices to Measure Computer Access, Familiarity, and Self-efficacy
AIR Presenters/Authors: Sami Kitmitto & Bitnara Jasmine Park

2:15 – 3:45 PM CDT

  • Constructing Math Motivation Factors and Testing Measurement Invariance

Salon D, Meeting Room Level, Paper Session, L6

AIR Presenters/Authors: Sakiko Ikoma, George Bohrnstedt, Jizhi Zhang, Bitnara Jasmine Park, Burhan Ogut & Markus Broer

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