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UGA conference focuses on psychometric models to measure mathematical knowledge

Athens, Ga. – Mathematics education researchers, psychometricians and mathematicians from across the country will discuss the latest research on how best to measure students’ mathematics knowledge and learning at a conference hosted by the University of Georgia College of Education Sept. 25-27 at the Westin Hotel in Buckhead, Atlanta, Ga.

“Education researchers across the nation are raising fundamental questions about what mathematical knowledge is important to measure, which psychometric models work best in different contexts and whether new psychometric models are needed for measuring mathematical knowledge that counts,” said Andrew Izsák, associate professor of mathematics education at UGA. “We will delve into these complex, yet critical education issues at this conference.”
According to Izsák, the conference which is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, will provide an opportunity for mathematics and assessment professionals to answer three important questions:
 What opportunities do current and emerging psychometric models afford and how can they be used for measuring mathematical knowledge?
 What mathematical knowledge is important to measure and how much of that knowledge can be measured using current psychometric models and testing methods?
 What new psychometric models might be needed for measuring mathematical knowledge?
Izsák, along with several UGA faculty members will play central roles in the conference, including:
 Allan Cohen, professor of educational psychology and director of the Georgia Assessment Center;
 Jeremy Kilpatrick, UGA Regents Professor of mathematics education;
 Jonathan Templin, associate professor of educational psychology; and,
 Sybilla Beckmann, professor of mathematics.
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