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October 15, 2009 09:10 ET

IEA and ETS Issue Second Volume in Assessment Monograph Series

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - October 15, 2009) - Officials of the IEA-ETS Research Institute (IERI) announced the release today of the second volume in their annual monograph series that addresses the scientific and methodological issues related to the design and implementation of large-scale group assessments.

Similar to volume one, the monograph released today features innovative and ground-breaking articles by some of the world's leading research experts in large-scale assessment. Issues and Methodologies in Large-Scale Assessments is edited by Matthias von Davier, Principal Research Scientist at ETS and head of the IERI research unit, and Dirk Hastedt, co-Director of the IEA Data Processing and Research Center in Hamburg, Germany.

The goal of the series is to contribute to the science of large-scale assessments by providing a dedicated forum through which scientific and methodological issues related to the design and implementation of large-scale assessments can be examined.

Topics in the current issue

Among the papers in volume two are contributions from ETS Research & Development staff members, including Matthias von Davier, Eugenio Gonzalez and Xueli Xu.

Below is a list of all the papers in the volume:

--  What are plausible values and why are they useful? By Matthias von
    Davier, Eugenio Gonzalez and Robert Mislevy
--  Teachers' qualifications and their impact on student achievement:
    Findings from TIMSS 2003 Data for Israel, by Ruth Zuzovsky
--  Equivalence of Item Difficulties Across National Versions of the PIRLS
    and PISA Reading Assessments, by Aletta Grisay, Eugenio Gonzalez and
    Christian Monseur
--  Curriculum Coverage and Scale Correlation on TIMSS 2003, by Juliane
    Hencke, Leslie Rutkowski, Oliver Neuschmidt and Eugenio Gonzalez
--  Questionnaire Construct Validation in the International Civic and
    Citizenship Education Study, by Wolfram Schulz
--  Cluster Analysis for Cognitive Diagnosis: An Application to the 2001
    PIRLS Reading Assessment, by Chia-Yi Chiu and Minhee Seo
--  Variance Estimation for NAEP Data Using a Comprehensive Resampling-
    based Approach: An Application of Cognitive Diagnostic Models, by Chueh-an
    Hsieh, Xueli Xu and Matthias von Davier

Each paper in the monograph series receives careful evaluation by the IERI Executive Committee, including a blind peer review by experts from ETS and the IEA as well as by external expert reviewers from other international organizations. The papers chosen were consistent with the IERI mission and goals.

"This second volume confirms the commitment of both organizations to publish quality research relating to a wide range of issues associated with the development and reporting of large-scale national and international assessments," says Irwin Kirsch, Distinguished Presidential Appointee and Director of the Center for Global assessment at ETS.

"This edition of the monograph continues to address important issues related to the science of large-scale assessments from both a national and international perspective, contributing to the improvement of the science of large-scale assessments," says Hans Wagemaker, Executive Director of IEA.

Contributions to future monographs in the series are currently being sought from researchers and scholars who share an interest in the advancement and use of large-scale surveys.

The monograph is available for download from the IERI's website at the following URL:

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