February Newsletter – IACAT 2010

IACAT 2010 Deadline

First thing to note this month: the deadline for proposals to present at IACAT 2010 (Arnhem, the Netherlands) is February 15, 2010.


New research

I added a good amount of research to the ASC research page, https://assess.com/psychometric-research/.  There are now links to 15 published articles, technical reports, white papers, and conference presentations.  Please peruse if you have not already.


In the works

ASC is currently in the final stages of two huge projects.  Iteman 4 provides extensive classical analysis of multiple-choice tests.  The previous version, Iteman 3.6, produced simple ASCII text output, but version 4 will produce professional reports, complete with colored figures and tables.  The other project is FastTEST Web, which will provide a web-based solution for item banking, test assembly, examinee management, and online testing.  If you are interested in either of these products, for purchase or as an advanced beta tester, please contact me at nthompson *at* assess.com.



Most of the software ASC sells is targeted towards researchers and other users that are psychometrically sophisticated, and have the budgets to buy sophisticated software.  An important addition to our arsenal last year was CITAS: the classical item and test analysis spreadsheet.  CITAS is designed to provide a detailed classical psychometric analysis of your test, but with two notably differences from other software.  First, it is free, so it fits into everybody’s budget.  Second, it is designed so that anyone can use it, because it requires no “running” the program by knowing what buttons to click or special codes to write.  All you have to do is type in your data (the item responses), and the output automatically populates.  This requires no expertise in either software or psychometrics, making it ideal for people on the front lines of education, such as school teachers, professors, or training directors.

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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 https://pareonline.net/getvn.asp?v=16&n=1.