Principles of Test Theories
By Hoi K. Suen
Routledge – 1990 – 256 pages
Based on a tremendous increase in the development of psychometric theories in the past decade -- ranging from techniques for criterion-referenced testing to behavioral assessment, generalizability, and item response theory -- this book offers a summary of core issues. In so doing, it provides a comprehensive survey of reliability, validity, and item analysis from the perspectives of classical true-score model, generalizability theory, item response theory, criterion-referenced testing, and behavioral assessment. Related theoretical issues such as item bias, equating, and cut-score determination are also discussed. This is an excellent text for courses in statistics, research methods, behavioral medicine and cognitive science as well as educational, school, experimental, counseling/social, clinical, developmental, and personality psychology.
"…offers a rich overview of the various psychometric theories and their applications. Instructors of educational measurement will find that this book will supplement their instruction in intermediate and advanced measurement courses….Suen provides excellent references throughout the book."
Contents: Part I:Introduction. The Psychometric Process. Some Mathematical and Statistical Concepts. Part II:Random Sampling Theory. Classical Theory. Generalizability Theory: Conceptual Framework. Generalizability Theory: Statistical Methods. Conventional Item Analysis. Part III:Item Response Theory. Basic Concepts of Item Response Theory. Conditional Estimation of Ability. Joint Estimation of Parameters. Part IV:Validity. Content and Criterion-Related Validity. Construct Validity and Other Issues. Part V:Applied Issues. Criterion-Referenced Testing. Direct Observation of Behavior. Detection of Item Bias. Other Conceptual and Technical Issues.