The IERI Academies are biannual workshops sponsored by the IEA-ETS Research Institute. The Academies take place in May and November of every year.
The general topic of the November IERI Academy will be the use of Item Response Theory (IRT) and population modeling in large-scale assessments. The goal of the Academy is to familiarize participants with the topics related to IRT, and enable them to use commercially available software to conduct appropriate IRT analysis and generate proficiency estimates or plausible values.
The Academy is targeted to participants with some or little knowledge in the area of IRT and multiple imputations. The Academy will be limited to 30 participants. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants of the Academy are expected to have knowledge of statistical analysis techniques and must bring their own laptop computer. Demonstration versions of the software for the hands-on training will be distributed to the participants during the Academy. Demo software works only on Windows based systems. Spreadsheet applications such as Excel, and statistical software such as SPSS or SAS will be useful, but are not be required.
The IERI Academy will be held in Ljubljana Slovenia, and hosted by the Slovenian Educational Research Institute (ERI) and the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU).