The Center for Advanced Studies in Measurement and Assessment (CASMA) invites you to the 2019 CASMA Equating Workshop. This 3-1/2 day workshop will focus on the theory and practice of equating as discussed  in Kolen and Brennan’s Test Equating, scaling and linking: Methods and practices (3rd edition).

Dates

August 12-15, 2019
University of Iowa College of Education
240 S. Madison Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Registration is OPEN

Workshop fee is $1,500 for professionals, and $1,000 for graduate students currently enrolled in a degree program.

Discounts are available to groups of 3 or more professionals from the same organization. For discount information, contact anne-wilson@uiowa.edu.

Space is limited – register early.

Please register online. Registration deadline is July 28, 2019.

Fee includes:

  • 3-1/2 days of instruction
  • Copy of Kolen, M.J. & Brennan, R.L. (2014). Test equating, scaling and linking: Methods and practices (3rd edition). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Copy of Brennan, R.L., Wang, T., Kim, S. & Seol, J. (2009). Equating Recipes. CASMA Monograph, 1.
  • Networking reception with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar (Monday evening)
  • Daily lunch and morning & afternoon snacks (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)
  • Dinner banquet and tour at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, with round trip transportation provided from downtown Iowa City (Wednesday)

Who Should Attend

This workshop is suitable for:

  • Advanced graduate students in measurement
  • Faculty who plan to teach equating
  • Employees of state departments of education, testing companies, licensure and certification organizations
  • Others who want a relatively in-depth training on equating

It is assumed that participants have intermediate knowledge of classical test theory and intermediate statistics. IRT knowledge is helpful, but not required.

Workshop Presenters

Robert L. Brennan, Ed.D.

  • CASMA Founding Director
  • University of Iowa Emeritus E.F. Lindquist Chair on Measurement and Testing
  • Co-Author, Test equating, scaling and linking: Methods and practices (3rd edition)

Won-Chan Lee, Ph.D.

  • CASMA Director
  • University of Iowa Professor in Psychological and Quantitative Foundations

Hyung Jin Kim, Ph.D.

  • CASMA Associate Research Scientist

Jaime Malatesta, Ph.D.

  • CASMA Associate Research Scientist

Workshop Itinerary

Monday, August 12

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Networking Reception at the Graduate Hotel - hor d'oeuvres and cash bar

Tuesday, August 13

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Logistical Details
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Introduction: Concepts, Designs, and Purposes (chap. 1)
11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Introduction: Concepts, Designs, and Purposes (chap. 1)
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch - provided
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Random Groups: Observed Score Equating (chap. 2)
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 - 4:30 p.m. Random Groups: Smoothing (chap. 3)

Wednesday, August 14

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Nonequivalent Groups: Linear Methods (chap. 4)
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Nonequivalent Groups: Equipercentile Methods (chap. 5)
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch - provided
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Item Response Theory (chap. 6)
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 - 4:00 p.m. Item Response Theory (chap. 6)
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. IRT Demonstration
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner Banquet at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery- provided

Thursday, August 15

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Practical Issues (chap. 8)
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Linking (chap. 10)
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch - provided
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Standard Errors (chap. 7)
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 - 5:00 p.m. To be decided depending on circumstances and attendees' interests (e.g. scaling, multidimensional IRT equating, etc.)

Friday, August 16

Depending on attendees' interest, the following topics will either be presented in two condensed sessions, or will be offered concurrently as distinct longer sessions.

9:00 - 11:45 a.m. "Canned" CASMA Computer Programs
Equating Recipes
11:45 - 12:00 p.m. Evaluation
12:00 p.m. Dismissal (no lunch provided)

Attendee Information

Attendees should bring a PC laptop for Friday’s workshop and are encouraged to download and install Visual Studio Community 2017 prior to class (free download is available here: https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/vs/ ) Additional instructions will be emailed to registered attendees before the workshop.

Attendees do not need to print the Equating Recipes Documentation and Notes, as the Monograph will be distributed at the workshop. Attendees will also be provided a USB flash drive with “canned” CASMA computer programs and Equating Recipes files required for Friday’s class demonstration.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this workshop, please contact Anne Wilson in advance at anne-wilson@uiowa.edu or (319) 335-5439.

Hotel Accommodations

The Iowa City area has many hotel options, including several that are within walking distance.

Additional Hotels in nearby Coralville

Parking and Transportation

Parking & Shuttles

Attendees should consult their hotel for shuttle and parking information. Attendees staying at downtown hotels may wish to walk from their hotel to the workshop. The Iowa City area also has Uber, Lyft, and taxi services.

Parking is available in public parking garages within a few blocks from the workshop location. Parking is free for the first hour, and $1 per hour thereafter. icgov.org/parkingmeters

The Iowa Memorial Union parking ramp (across from the Iowa House Hotel) has graduated rates. transportation.uiowa.edu/facility/iowa-memorial-union-ramp

Airport

The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) is located in Cedar Rapids, about 25 miles from downtown Iowa City. Visit flycid.com for airport and ground transportation options, including rental cars and shuttle services.

Directions to Workshop

The workshop will be held at the University of Iowa’s College of Education, located in the Lindquist Center, 240 S. Madison Street, Iowa City, Iowa. The workshop will be in the South Wing, 2nd floor in Room 204.

What past participants are saying about the CASMA Equating Workshop

  • This workshop was extremely well structured and delivered. The content was above what I was expecting in the sense that not only did it cover most issues related to equating but also provided more implicit information about context and procedures in educational testing.
  • This workshop was extremely well structured and delivered. The content was above what I was expecting in the sense that not only did it cover most issues related to equating but also provided more implicit information about context and procedures in educational testing.
  • The instructors were exceptional and very approachable. This is much appreciated with content that is so dense.
  • Very useful as an overview of a variety of methods that I didn’t know about before. Also has made me aware of certain practical aspects that can apply to context other than my own organization.
  • This workshop was valuable to me in that it provides an opportunity to learn about equating systematically, which was not provided in my Ph.D. program.
  • Extremely valuable, even with my extensive number of years experience conducting equating.
  • The random groups designs were laid out systematically in a very logical and easy to follow method. A lot of supplemental information was presented and will be helpful for my org in the future.
  • This workshop has helped me grow as a psychometrician. The examples described really helped me understand the issues and mechanics in equating.
  • This was an excellent workshop for me. It clarified various concepts for me in a simple manner. I really enjoyed the combination of theoretical and applied concepts.
  • Excellent workshop, provided wealth of information on critical issues for testing in education. Materials were extremely helpful in illustrating concepts.
  • Incredibly valuable. Thank you for your thoughtful attention to detail.
  • The workshop provides information on equating and test development. It offers great help for understanding the design and concepts of equating and dealing with practical issues.
  • The organization and preparation was outstanding! I aspire to be at this level with my own trainings and presentations.
  • Focus on conceptual framework was great. Hands-on practice and examples were also great.

Contact

Anne Wilson
CASMA Finance and Research Administrator
319-335-5439
anne-wilson@uiowa.edu