An evaluation of mathematics competitions using item response theory

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  • Article: An evaluation of mathematics competitions using item response theory
  • Author(s): Jim Gleason
  • Journal: Notices of the American Mathematical Society 55 (2008), no. 1, 8-15

Abstract: Item Response Theory (IRT) is a psychometric technique mathematically modeling the probability of the responses of individuals of varying ability to questions (items) on multiple-choice examinations. The author gives an introduction to IRT and explains how it can be used to assess mathematics tests from competitions to placement exams.

Download: http://www.ams.org/notices/200801/ (free)