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Approaches to the Design of Diagnostic Item Models AIG

Graf, Edith Aurora
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ETS Research Report
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Automatic Item Generation (AIG), Cognitive Modeling, Educational Diagnosis, Diagnostic Tests, Item Modeling, Mathematics Assessment


Quantitative item models are item structures that may be expressed in terms of mathematical variables and constraints. An item model may be developed as a computer program for which large numbers of items are automatically generated. Item models can be used to produce large numbers of items for use in traditional, large-scale assessments. But they have potential for use in other areas as well, including diagnostic assessment. In this report, I first review research on diagnostic assessment and then discuss how approaches to diagnostic assessment can inform the design of diagnostic item models.

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