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SARA Reading Components Tests, RISE Forms: Technical Adequacy and Test Design, 3rd Edition RISE IRT DIF

Sabatini, John P.; Weeks, Jonathan P.; O'Reilly, Tenaha; Bruce, Kelly; Steinberg, Jonathan; Chao, Szu-Fu
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ETS Research Report
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Reading Assessment, Reading Components, Adolescents, Reading Inventory and Scholastic Evaluation (RISE), Web-Administered Assessment, Item Design, Item Response Theory (IRT), Differential Item Functioning (DIF), Test Validity, Subtests, Multidimensionality


In this research report, we describe the conceptual foundation and measurement properties of the Reading Inventory and Scholastic Evaluation (RISE). The RISE is a 6‐subtest, Web‐administered reading skills components battery. We review the theoretical and empirical foundations of each subtest in the battery, as well as item designs. The results included in this report feature a calibrated item pool based on a national sample of students, an extension of the vertical scale to span Grades 3–12, psychometric analyses of the data for each subtest, an item response theory scaling study for each of the subtests across the entire grade span, an evaluation of multidimensionality, an evaluation of differential item functioning for gender and race/ethnicity, and an expanded review of validity evidence.

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