[Rasch] Threshol Disordering

Jack Stenner jstenner at lexile.com
Tue Dec 19 01:54:32 EST 2006

Fit of your data to a Rasch Model does not answer the fundamental
validity question: What causes the variation that your instrument
detects? Try this as a beginning in answering that question. Restore the
clozed text and put each individual passage through the Lexile Analyzer
which can be used for free at Lexile.com. The Lexile calibration for
each passage is your provisional answer to the question regarding what
causes the variation in person measures your instrument detects. Now,
regress the empirical passage difficulties on the Lexile text measures
and see if the their is good agreement between observation and theory.
With only four texts your answer is provisional, but it is a start.
Best   Jack


From: rasch-bounces at acer.edu.au [mailto:rasch-bounces at acer.edu.au] On
Behalf Of Anthony James
Sent: Monday, December 18, 2006 5:19 AM
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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