The New Paradigm of Adaptive Testing

Wim J. van der Linden – University of Twente, The Netherlands

Abstract: Modern adaptive testing is evolving into much more than just one-item-at-a-time test assembly. In fact, it is quickly becoming the core of a completely new testing paradigm with each of its current cyclical procedures, such as item calibration, fit analysis, cheating detection, item-security monitoring, item-pool maintenance, replaced with real-time continuous processes. I will formally characterize the new paradigm, discuss the necessary tools for its implementation, and show results for a few of these new continuous processes.