IRT and CAT Around the World – 2010 Adaptive Testing Workshop


I just got back from another Adaptive Testing workshop, this one at the Universita G. d’Annunzio, Chieti, Italy.  Many thanks to Aristide Saggino and Roberta Romanelli for doing such a great job organizing this workshop!  It was truly an international affair, with participants from the US, Canada, UK, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, Malta, Croatia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, Brunei, and Korea.  Plus, besides getting to experience the Abruzzo region, many of us were lucky enough to spend a day or two visiting Rome.

Several participants inquired about future workshops, and the possibility of organizing one for their home country.  ASC currently has a future adaptive testing workshop tentatively planned in two locations: Tokyo (Sept 4-5, 2010) and Brasilia (June 2011).

Iteman 4

Iteman 4 is nearing release.  We are currently finishing the manual and the installation package for the program.  Once those are finished, it will be placed on the website.  Check back for news.  This will be a massive upgrade, providing output in Microsoft Word reports and Excel spreadsheets rather than 1980s-style ASCII text.

IACAT News for March

The first IACAT elections are being held in the middle of March 2010.  Visit for more information.

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Nathan Thompson, PhD

Nathan Thompson earned his PhD in Psychometrics from the University of Minnesota, with a focus on computerized adaptive testing. His undergraduate degree was from Luther College with a triple major of Mathematics, Psychology, and Latin. He is primarily interested in the use of AI and software automation to augment and replace the work done by psychometricians, which has provided extensive experience in software design and programming. Dr. Thompson has published over 100 journal articles and conference presentations, but his favorite remains