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RESEARCH LIBRARY

View recent publications to learn how the NBME research team is working to improve our products and services, advance the field of assessment science, and support the health professions.

Showing 1 - 10 of 16 Research Library Publications
Posted: December 10, 2020 | Le An Ha, Victoria Yaneva, Polina Harik, Ravi Pandian, Amy Morales, Brian Clauser

Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Computational Linguistics

 

This paper brings together approaches from the fields of NLP and psychometric measurement to address the problem of predicting examinee proficiency from responses to short-answer questions (SAQs).

Posted: September 1, 2020 | Y.S. Park, A. Morales, L. Ross, M. Paniagua

Evaluation & the Health Professions: Volume: 43 issue: 3, page(s): 149-158

 

This study examines the innovative and practical application of DCM framework to health professions educational assessments using retrospective large-scale assessment data from the basic and clinical sciences: National Board of Medical Examiners Subject Examinations in pathology (n = 2,006) and medicine (n = 2,351).

Posted: September 1, 2020 | F.S. McDonald, D. Jurich, L.M. Duhigg, M. Paniagua, D. Chick, M. Wells, A. Williams, P. Alguire

Academic Medicine: September 2020 - Volume 95 - Issue 9 - p 1388-1395

 

This article aims to assess the correlations between United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) performance, American College of Physicians Internal Medicine In-Training Examination (IM-ITE) performance, American Board of Internal Medicine Internal Medicine Certification Exam (IM-CE) performance, and other medical knowledge and demographic variables.

Posted: March 17, 2020 | R.A. Feinberg, M. von Davier

Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics: Vol 45, Issue 5, 2020

 

This article describes a method for identifying and reporting unexpectedly high or low subscores by comparing each examinee’s observed subscore with a discrete probability distribution of subscores conditional on the examinee’s overall ability.

Posted: March 12, 2020 | M. J. Margolis, B. E. Clauser

Handbook of Automated Scoring

 

In this chapter we describe the historical background that led to development of the simulations and the subsequent refinement of the construct that occurred as the interface was being developed. We then describe the evolution of the automated scoring procedures from linear regression modeling to rule-based procedures.

Posted: August 31, 2019 | M. von Davier, YS. Lee

Springer International Publishing; 2019

 

This handbook provides an overview of major developments around diagnostic classification models (DCMs) with regard to modeling, estimation, model checking, scoring, and applications. It brings together not only the current state of the art, but also the theoretical background and models developed for diagnostic classification.

Posted: June 6, 2019 | R.A. Feinberg, D.P Jurich

On the Cover. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 38: 5-5

 

This informative graphic reports between‐individual information where a vertical line—with dashed lines on either side indicating an error band—spans three graphics allowing a student to easily see their score relative to four defined performance categories and, more notably, three relevant score distributions.

Posted: March 1, 2019 | J. Salt, P. Harik, M. A. Barone

Academic Medicine: March 2019 - Volume 94 - Issue 3 - p 314-316

 

The United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam uses physician raters to evaluate patient notes written by examinees. In this Invited Commentary, the authors describe the ways in which the Step 2 CS exam could benefit from adopting a computer-assisted scoring approach that combines physician raters’ judgments with computer-generated scores based on natural language processing (NLP).

Posted: January 3, 2019 | M. von Davier, Y. Cho, T. Pan

Psychometrika 84, 147–163 (2019)

 

This paper provides results on a form of adaptive testing that is used frequently in intelligence testing. In these tests, items are presented in order of increasing difficulty. The presentation of items is adaptive in the sense that a session is discontinued once a test taker produces a certain number of incorrect responses in sequence, with subsequent (not observed) responses commonly scored as wrong.

Posted: December 1, 2018 | C. Liu, M. J. Kolen

Journal of Educational Measurement: Volume 55, Issue 4, Pages 564-581

 

Smoothing techniques are designed to improve the accuracy of equating functions. The main purpose of this study is to compare seven model selection strategies for choosing the smoothing parameter (C) for polynomial loglinear presmoothing and one procedure for model selection in cubic spline postsmoothing for mixed‐format pseudo tests under the random groups design.