[Rasch] When local dependence is part of the construct

Purya Baghaei puryabaghaei at gmail.com
Sun Jun 29 16:58:33 EST 2014

Dear Colleagues,

In a cloze test (a passage where every nth word is deleted) items, i.e.
gaps within the text, are locally dependent. This is a violation of the
assumption of Rasch model and theoretically a cloze test cannot be scaled
with the RM.

 The point is that local dependence in this case is part of the construct.
That is, the ability to integrate information from different parts of the
text and using contextual clues to solve the items are higher order
language abilities that we want to measure with a cloze test.

Any ideas or comments on analyzing cloze test with the Rasch model?



Purya Baghaei, Ph.D
English Department,
Islamic Azad University,
Ostad Yusofi St.
91871-Mashhad, Iran.
Phone: +98 511 6635064/5
Fax: +98 511 6634763
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