TitleComputer Adaptive-Attribute Testing A New Approach to Cognitive Diagnostic Assessment
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsGierl, MJ, Zhou, J
JournalZeitschrift für Psychologie / Journal of Psychology
Keywordscognition and assessment, cognitive diagnostic assessment, computer adaptive testing

The influence of interdisciplinary forces stemming from developments in cognitive science,mathematical statistics, educational
psychology, and computing science are beginning to appear in educational and psychological assessment. Computer adaptive-attribute testing (CA-AT) is one example. The concepts and procedures in CA-AT can be found at the intersection between computer adaptive testing and cognitive diagnostic assessment. CA-AT allows us to fuse the administrative benefits of computer adaptive testing with the psychological benefits of cognitive diagnostic assessment to produce an innovative psychologically-based adaptive testing approach. We describe the concepts behind CA-AT as well as illustrate how it can be used to promote formative, computer-based, classroom assessment.