AJT Cognitive Assessment Test (AJT-CAT) Project Plan & Status

The research project consists of four phases:

Phase 1 (Sep 2013 - May 2014)

  • Needs identification
  • Completion of the AJT-CAT Research Proposal Draft

Phase 2 (Jun 2014 – Dec 2015)

  • Test conceptualization and operationalization
  • Test item development
  • Try-out and field testing of the test items
     

Phase 3 (Jan 2016 – Nov 2016)

  • Data gathering
  • Test assembly

Phase 4 (Dec 2016 – Dec 2017)

  • Test Norming for Indonesia
  • Reliability, Validity and Special studies
  • Test booklets, user manual, and technical manual production

As of August 2015 the project team is finalizing Phase 2 and are in last iteration of items development and evaluation.

What makes this research project particularly unique is that it brings together independent, reputable, and experienced Indonesian and international educators, psychometricians, psychologists, and researchers to develop this first individually administer Indonesian-based battery of tests.

At the YDB level, three individuals are directly involved in the research. Abi Jabar, Board of Executives Chairman, along with Laurel Tahija, Board of Trustees Chairman review the project scope and direction. Leonita Savira, YDB Treasurer Board of Executives, handles the financial management of the project and works with the UGM team on project spending approval.

There are three independent consultants, and one IT support staff working with the project. The consultants include Dr. Kevin McGrew who began working with YDB in 2014. He is the Director of the Institute for Applied Psychometrics (IAP) and a Visiting Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He served as the Research Director for the Woodcock-Muñoz Foundation (2005- 2014), Associate Director for Measurement Learning Consultations (2008- 2014), measurement consultant to a number of psychological test publishers, including Riverside Publishing, the Psychology Corporation (now Pearson Assessments), and CTB/McGraw-Hill.

Dr. McGrew was introduced to YDB by consultant (2013), Stacy Dean Ph.D., NCED (Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician), who has more than 20 years experience in various roles of education, is the President of Partners in Learning Educational Consulting, consults families and organizations, both in the U.S. and internationally, towards improving the educational climate through the use of evidence-based practices in instruction and assessment, and is an adjunct faculty member for the University of Virginia.

The second independent consultant is Dr. Urip Purwono, YDB Research Director since 2014, who works closely with Dr. McGrew, reviews the psychometric data collected, and coordinates input from Dr. McGrew with the UGM team to ensure successful completion of the entire AJT-CAT research project. Dr. Purwono has been Head of the Psychomentrics Laboratory, Padjadjaran University in Bandung, Indonesia since 2005 and his areas of expertise include Applied Psychometrics, Test Development and Adaptation in the area of Psychology and Education, Program Evaluation, Industrial and Social survey/assessment/diagnostics, and Group Facilitation.

Final independent consultant Dita Nugroho MPP MA, Chairman YDB Research Steering Committee, is also a member of the YDB Board of Supervisors. She is in charge of chairing all steering committee meetings, reviewing the project scope, and monitoring its direction.

The UGM research team is led by Supra Wimbarti Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Psychology who is in charge of reviewing he project scope and direction, oversees input from the UGM research team, convenes item writing team meetings, and reviews all items. She is a member of the Steering Committee, Quality Assurance Team, and Expert Lead for the Gv (visual processing) broad cognitive ability domain.

Vice-Dean of Research, Subandi Ph.D., coordinates the experts’ team for research outputs and is a member of the Steering Committee. The Project Manager for the UGM team is psychometrics lecturer, Retno Soehapti, who liaises between UGM-YDB, oversees analysis team with the coordinator, recruits and appoints personnel for the project, and leads regular coordinating meetings.

The other UGM team members include:

Retno Soehapti, Ammik Kisriyani, Harmoni, Rya Mardikawati, Idei Khurnia Swasti, Susan Aida, Amitya Kumara, Endang Ekowani, Haryanta, M.G. Adiyanti, Wisjnu Martani, Wahyu Widiarso, Akmal, 32 enumerators and 4 enumerator coordinators, 20 item writers, and 8 data re-entry coordinators.  

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