Call for Proposals : Pacific-Rim Objective Measurement Symposium (PROMS)

July 25-27, 2018 

(Pre-conference workshops July 23-24, 2018) 

College English Center, Fudan University 

Shanghai, China 

Conference website: 

The application of the Rasch model has been increasing exponentially in the field of language testing and assessment, and across the human sciences, more generally. A review of the articles published in Language Testing and Language Assessment Quarterly, two highly-cited journals in the field in the past two decades, reveals that the Rasch model has become one of the dominant research methods, used to address a variety of research questions, most notably the validation of language assessment instruments and the detection of rater effects in performance assessment, such as writing and speaking. 

PROMS is the annual professional meeting symposium of the Pacific Rim Objective Measurement Society. The symposium consists of a conference and associated workshops for the sharing of knowledge and applications of the Rasch model with the international community. It provides a valuable opportunity for both novice and seasoned researchers to discuss important and emerging issues in applying the Rasch model, and to present empirical research featuring the application of the Rasch model in human sciences. 

PROMS 2018 will feature keynote speeches by: 

Tim McNamara, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor 

School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne, Australia 

President, American Association for Applied Linguistics 

Yan Jin, Professor 

School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China 

Chair, the National College English Test Committee, China 

Trevor Bond, Professor 

College of Arts, Society and Education 

James Cook University, Australia 

PROMS invites presentations on the theory and practice of applying the Rasch model across the human sciences, including business, education, health and psychology. These could include research applying the Rasch model, advances in the practice of measurement, or reviews of modern measurement theory. Topics of submission may include, but are not limited to: 

Ÿ Development and validation of assessment instruments 

Ÿ Rater effects in performance assessment 

Ÿ Fairness of using assessment to make decisions 

Ÿ Assessing language skills such as listening, reading, writing, and speaking 

Ÿ Advances in the practice of measurement 

Ÿ Issues relating to modern measurement theory 

Ÿ Technical issues of the application of the Rasch model 

Ÿ Using the Rasch model collaboratively with other statistical procedures such as Generalizability theory 


Abstract Submission 

Important Dates Abstract Submission  before 1st April, 2018 
Abstract Acceptance  before 5th May, 2018 
Early-bird Registration  before 30th May, 2018