Computerized Adaptive Testing: From Inquiry to Operation

Pages: 292
Item #: 4318630
ISBN: 978-1-55798-442-5
List Price: $19.95
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Copyright: 1997
Format: Softcover
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Computerized Adaptive Testing: From Inquiry to Operation traces the development of Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) from its origins in the 1960s to its integration with the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) in the 1990s. A paper-and-pencil version of the battery (P and P-ASVAB) has been used by the Defense Department since the 1970s to measure the abilities of applicants for military service. The test scores are used both for initial qualification and for classification into entry-level training opportunities.

This volume provides the developmental history of the CAT-ASVAB through its various stages in the Joint-Service arena. Although the majority of the book concerns the myriad technical issues that were identified and resolved, information is provided on various political and funding support challenges that were successfully overcome in developing, testing, and implementing the battery into one of the nation's largest testing programs. The book provides useful information to professionals in the testing community and everyone interested in personnel assessment and evaluation.

Table of Contents

About the Editors and Contributors


—W. S. Sellman and Jane M. Arabian

I. Background

  1. Introduction to ASVAB and CAT
    —W. A. Sands and Brian K. Waters
  2. Policy and Program Management Perspective
    —Clessen J. Martin and C. Richard Hoshaw
  3. R&D Laboratory Management Perspective
    —Martin F. Wiskoff
  4. Technical Perspective
    —James R. McBride

II. Evaluating the Concept of CAT

  1. Research Antecedents of Applied Adaptive Testing
    —James R. McBride
  2. The Marine Corps Exploratory Development Project: 1977–1982
    —James R. McBride
  3. The Computerized Adaptive Screening Test
    —W. A. Sands, Paul A. Gade, and Deirdre J. Knapp

III. First Generation—The Experimental CAT-ASVAB System

  1. Preliminary Psychometric Research for CAT-ASVAB: Selecting an Adaptive Testing Strategy
    —James R. McBride, C. Douglas Wetzel, and Rebecca D. Hetter
  2. Development of the Experimental CAT-ASVAB System
    —John H. Wolfe, James R. McBride, and J. Bradford Sympson
  3. Validation of the Experimental CAT-ASVAB System
    —Daniel O. Segall, Kathleen E. Moreno, William F. Kieckhaefer, Frank L. Vicino, and James R. McBride

IV. Second Generation—Full-Scale CAT-ASVAB Systems

  1. Item Pool Development and Evaluation
    —Daniel O. Segall, Kathleen E. Moreno, and Rebecca D. Hetter
  2. Psychometric Procedures for Administering CAT-ASVAB
    —Daniel O. Segall, Kathleen E. Moreno, Bruce M. Bloxom, and Rebecca D. Hetter
  3. Item Exposure Control in CAT-ASVAB
    —Rebecca D. Hetter and J. Bradford Sympson
  4. ACAP Hardware Selection, Software Development, and Acceptance Testing
    —Bernard Rafacz and Rebecca D. Hetter
  5. Human Factors in the CAT System: A Pilot Study
    —Frank L. Vicino and Kathleen E. Moreno
  6. Evaluating Item Calibration Medium in Computerized Adaptive Testing
    —Rebecca D. Hetter, Daniel O. Segall, and Bruce M. Bloxom
  7. Reliability and Construct Validity of CAT-ASVAB
    —Kathleen E. Moreno and Daniel O. Segall
  8. Evaluating the Predictive Validity of CAT-ASVAB
    —John H. Wolfe, Kathleen E. Moreno, and Daniel O. Segall
  9. Equating the CAT-ASVAB
    —Daniel O. Segall
  10. CAT-ASVAB Operational Test and Evaluation
    —Kathleen E. Moreno

V. Third Generation—Building a System for Nationwide Implementation

  1. Development of a System for Nationwide Implementation
    —Vincent Unpingco, Irwin Hom, and Bernard Rafacz
  2. The Psychometric Comparability of Computer Hardware
    —Daniel O. Segall
  3. CAT-ASVAB Cost and Benefit Analyses
    —Lauress L. Wise, Linda T. Curran, and James R. McBride

VI. Current Status and Beyond

  1. Expanding the Content of CAT-ASVAB: New Tests and Their Validity
    —John H. Wolfe, David L. Alderton, Gerald E. Larson, Bruce M. Bloxom, and Lauress L. Wise
  2. Dissemination of CAT-ASVAB Technology
    —James R. McBride
  3. Current and Future Challenges
    —Daniel O. Segall and Kathleen E. Moreno


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