Achievement test construction using 0-1 linear programming


Adema, Jos J. and Boekkooi-Timminga, Ellen and Linden, Wim J. van der (1991) Achievement test construction using 0-1 linear programming. European Journal of Operational Research, 55 (1). pp. 103-111. ISSN 0377-2217

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Abstract:In educational testing the work of professional test agencies has shown a trend towards item banking. Achievement test construction is viewed as selecting items from a test item bank such that certain specifications are met. As the number of possible tests is large and practice usually imposes various constraints on the selection process, a mathematical programming approach is obvious. In this paper it is shown how to formulate achievement test construction as a 0¿1 linear programming problem. A heuristic for solving the problem is proposed and two examples are given. It is concluded that a 0¿1 linear programming approach fits the problem of test construction in an appropriate way and offers test agencies the possibility of computerizing their services.
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