A FRAMEWORK FOR THE PRE-CALIBRATION OF AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED ITEMS
Sweet, Shauna Jayne
Hancock, Gregory R
Harring, Jeffrey R
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This paper presents a new conceptual framework and corresponding psychometric model designed for the pre-calibration of automatically generated items. This model utilizes a multi-level framework and a combination of crossed fixed and random effects to capture key components of the generative process, and is intended to be broadly applicable across research efforts and contexts. Unique among models proposed within the AIG literature, this model incorporates specific mean and variance parameters to support the direct assessment of the quality of the item generation process. The utility of this framework is demonstrated through an empirical analysis of response data collected from the online administration of automatically generated items intended to assess young students’ mathematics fluency. Limitations in the application of the proposed framework are explored through targeted simulation studies, and future directions for research are discussed.