[Rasch] Survey announcement

William Fisher william at livingcapitalmetrics.com
Fri Jun 14 14:28:23 EST 2013

To everyone involved in educational measurement research and practice:

The methods and techniques used in measuring reading ability in education
have evolved as the practical advantages of mathematical modeling and
advanced computational resources have become more widely implemented. Tests
and assessments have become more complex and resources have shifted from
analog atoms to digital bytes, as they have in so many other areas of life.
However, not much information is available about what methods are being
used, how fast new methods are coming online, or on what the associated
costs are. To begin to formulate some answers to questions like these,
MetaMetrics, Inc. has sponsored a "Technology Roadmap for Education" survey.

This survey was developed on the basis of ideas presented in 2011 at a
meeting of the International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO) in Jena,
Germany, and in 2013 at the National Council on Measurement in Education
annual meeting in San Francisco, California. The survey items are suggested
by Table 1 in the paper available at

We welcome comments and feedback. 

This survey is sponsored by MetaMetrics, Inc., which is solely responsible
for its content. MetaMetrics is a research firm in the education industry;
it could be perceived that there is a conflict of interest in their support
of this research, as its business interests would be served by knowledge of
the results.  To level the playing field, information collected will be
summarized in a publicly available report which can be used to guide future
research and development in other companies and organizations, in addition
to MetaMetrics. 

The survey data are not individually identifiable, but all responses will be
treated as confidential and will be reported only in aggregate form. 

This study has been reviewed  by the MetaMetrics IRB, which determined that
this project does not constitute "research with human subjects" as defined
under federal regulations because the data will not be individually
identifiable [45 CFR 46.102(f)].  

The survey is in English, and should take approximately 20-40 minutes.
<https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TechRoadMapEducation> Click here to take the
survey, or cut and paste this web address:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TechRoadMapEducation .

We would particularly like to hear from anyone who:

.  has extensive experience managing educational testing and measurement
projects; and

.  has detailed knowledge of past and present educational measurement item
development costs and technologies;

Please complete the survey by June 30, as we intend to submit a summary of
the results by July 22 for presentation at the 2014 AERA meeting in
Philadelphia.  If you would like a complimentary report summarizing the
survey findings, please let me know. All responses are confidential.

Collegial regards,

William P. Fisher, Jr., Ph.D.


Consultant to MetaMetrics, Inc.

wfisher at livingcapitalmetrics.com


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