[Rasch] Threshol Disordering

David Andrich D.Andrich at murdoch.edu.au
Tue Dec 19 00:18:50 EST 2006

Anthony. First, if you mean by the rating scale model that you have constrained all the thresholds to be the same across items, except for the locations of the items, then I think you should use what is called the partial credit model which has different threshold values.
The reversed thresholds indicate that there is a kind of response dependence, so that responses, for any given person, tend to be similar giving scores at the extremes. 
One recent reference is the latest Rasch measurement transactions where I have a page on that. 

-----Original Message-----
From:	rasch-bounces at acer.edu.au on behalf of Anthony James
Sent:	Mon 18/12/2006 7:19 PM
To:	rasch at acer.edu.au
Subject:	[Rasch] Threshol Disordering
Dear List members,
  I'd be thankful for your expert comments on this.
  I have Rasch analysed a language test which is called the “cloze 
test”. It has the following form:
  “The English language today _____ many distinct centres, 
self-governing ____ with their own standards. The two ____ important are, of ____, 
the United Kingdom in terms of ____, and the United States in ____ of 
population. …….”
  The students are to supply the missing words in the text. There are 4 
texts and each have 25 gaps.
  I have used rating scale model. Each text is a polytomous item with 
25 categories.
  There is disordering in the thresholds of the test (but not in the 
average measures).
  How can this be interpreted in the context of a cloze test? 
  Thanks in adavnce

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