Vol. 11 No. 1 (2024): The Influence of Computerized Adaptive Testing on Psychometric Theory and Practice

The major premise of this article is that part of the stimulus for the evolution of psychometric theory since the 1950s was the introduction of the concept of computerized adaptive testing (CAT) or its earlier non-CAT variations. The conceptual underpinnings of CAT that had the most influence on psychometric theory was the shift of emphasis from the test (or test score) as the focus of analysis to the test item (or item score). The change in focus allowed a change in the way that test results are conceived of as measurements. It also resolved the conflict among a number of ideas that were present in the early work on psychometric theory. Some of the conflicting ideas are summarized below to show how work on the development of CAT resolved some of those conflicts.

Published: 2024-03-07

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