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Invariance of Linkings of the Revised 2005 SAT Reasoning Test to the SAT I: Reasoning Test Across Gender Groups SAT SEA

Author(s):
Liu, Jinghua; Feigenbaum, Miriam; Dorans, Neil J.
Publication Year:
2005
Report Number:
RR-05-17, CBR-2005-6
Source:
ETS Research Report
Document Type:
Report
Page Count:
14
Subject/Key Words:
SAT, Score Equity Assessment (SEA), Score Linking, Population Invariance, Gender Groups, Critical Reading, Verbal Ability, Math

Abstract

Score equity assessment was used to evaluate linkings of the new SAT® to the current SAT Reasoning Test™. Population invariance across gender groups was studied on the linkage of a new SAT critical reading prototype to a current SAT verbal section and on the linkage of a new SAT math prototype to a current SAT math section. The results indicated that the conversion lines obtained through subgroup-only linkings were very similar to those obtained using the total group linking for both critical reading and math prototypes. Even though there were slight degrees of divergence from the total group conversion, the differences were smaller than the differences associated with rounding rules for the SAT. Hence, on the basis of the field trial data, it appears that population invariance was achieved with respect to gender groups.

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