TitleTest construction for cognitive diagnosis
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsHenson, RK, Douglas, J
JournalApplied Psychological Measurement
Publication Languageeng
Keywords(Measurement), Cognitive Assessment, Item Analysis (Statistical), Profiles, Test Construction, Test Interpretation, Test Items

Although cognitive diagnostic models (CDMs) can be useful in the analysis and interpretation of existing tests, little has been developed to specify how one might construct a good test using aspects of the CDMs. This article discusses the derivation of a general CDM index based on Kullback-Leibler information that will serve as a measure of how informative an item is for the classification of examinees. The effectiveness of the index is examined for items calibrated using the deterministic input noisy "and" gate model (DINA) and the reparameterized unified model (RUM) by implementing a simple heuristic to construct a test from an item bank. When compared to randomly constructed tests from the same item bank, the heuristic shows significant improvement in classification rates. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA ) (journal abstract)