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Jinming ZhangAssociate Professor (Queries Division Chair)
Quantitative and Evaluative Research Methodologies
236A Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
- Ph.D., Statistics, University of Illinois, 1996
- M.S., Probability and Statistics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 1987
- B.S., Applied Mathematics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 1984
Key Professional Appointments
- Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Illinois, 2009-present
- Senior Research Scientist, Center for Statistical and Psychometric Theory and Practice, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ, 2004-2009
- Senior Research Scientist, Center for Large Scale Assessment, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ, 2002-2004
- Research Scientist, Center for Large Scale Assessment, Educational Testing Service, 1998-2002
- Associate Research Scientist, Division of Statistics and Psychometrics, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ, 1996-1998
- Lecturer, Department of Applied Mathematics, Zhejiang University, China, 1989-1992
- Assistant Lecturer, Department of Applied Mathematics, Zhejiang University, China, 1987-1989
Activities & Honors
- Associate Editor, American Educational Research Journal, 2010-2013
- Appointed Member of ETS Board of Review, ETS, 2004-2009
- Member of editorial committee of Journal of Testing Research, Tianjin, China, Journal of Testing Research, 2004-2007
Research StatementDr. Jinming Zhang's research focuses on theoretical and applied statistical issues involved in educational and psychological measurement, and his research interest includes multidimensional item response theory, dimensionality assessment techniques, large-scale assessments, generalizability theory, and test security. From 1996 to 2009 he was employed at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) where he was a senior research scientist in the Division of Research and Development. He had worked on various research and operational projects related to large-scale educational assessments, specifically, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), at ETS. He successfully directed and co-directed statistical and psychometric analyses of many large-scale assessment projects such as the 1996 and 2005 national science, 2000 state science, 1998, 2002 and 2003 national and state reading, 2006 national civics, and 2008 national arts assessments.
- Zhang, J. (2014). A sequential procedure for detecting compromised items in the item pool of a CAT system. Applied Psychological Measurement, 38, 87-104.
- Zhang, J. (2013). A procedure for dimensionality analyses of response data from various test designs. Psychometrika, 78, 37-58.
- Zhang, J. (2012). Calibration of response data using MIRT models with simple and mixed structures. Applied Psychological Measurement, 36, 375-398.
- Zhang, J. (2012). The impact of variability of item parameter estimators on test information function. Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, 37, 737-757.
- Zhang, J., Chang, H., Yi, Q. (2012). Comparing single-pool and multiple-pool designs regarding test security in computerized testing. Behavior Research Methods, 44, 742-752.
- Zhang, J., Xie, M., Song, X., Lu, T. (2011). Investigating the impact of uncertainty about item parameters on ability estimation. Psychometrika, 76, 97-118.
- Braun, H., Zhang, J., Vezzu, S. (2010). An investigation of bias in reports of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 32, 24-43.
- Zhang, J. (2007). Conditional covariance theory and DETECT for polytomous items. Psychometrika, 72, 69-91.
- Zhang, J., Stout, W. (1999). The theoretical DETECT index of dimensionality and its application to approximate simple structure. Psychometrika, 64, 213-249.
- Zhang, J., Stout, W. (1999). Conditional covariance structure of generalized compensatory multidimensional items. Psychometrika, 64, 129-152.
- Zhang, J., Stout, W. (1997). On Holland's Dutch identity conjecture. Psychometrika, 62, 375-392.
In The News
Mar. 25, 2013
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced that it will be home to a new Confucius Institute starting this spring, which will be physically located in the Education Building, although its implementation and day-to-day functions will be a coordinated effort from across campus. Read more...