Dr. Kyong Hee Chon
Office: Gary A. Ransdell Hall - Room 3087
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2009
Dr. Kyong Hee Chon joined the department in the fall of 2009. She received her Ph.D in Educational Measurement and Statistics (Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations) with a minor in Mathematical Statistics at the University of Iowa. Dr. Chon's research has focused primarily on psychometric approaches to solve practical problems in educational and psychological testing. Her current projects include applications of IRT models, scale development, multilevel modeling of student outcome data, and program evaluation of educational intervention. Dr. Chon currently teaches graduate courses in Measurement and Survey Research Methods (EDLD 722), Educational Statistics (EDFN 501), and Applied Statistics and Design (EDFN 601).
EDFN 500: Research Methods
EDFN 501: Educational Statistics
EDFN 601: Applied Statistics and Design
EDLD 722: Measurement and Survey Methods for Educational Leaders
Educational Assessment and Testing
Psychometric Analyses (Item Response Theory and Classical Test Theory Modeling)
Scale Development and Validation of Educational and Psychological Instruments
Haberman, S. J., Sinharay, S., & Chon, K. H. (in press). Assessing item fit for unidimensional item response theory models using residuals from estimated item response functions. Psychometrika.
Chon, K. H., Lee, W., & Ansley, T. N. (2013). An empirical investigation of methods for assessing item fit for mixed format tests. Applied Measurement in Education. 26(1), 1-15.
Chon, K. H. (2011). A multivariate generalizability analysis based on the table of specifications model. Korea and Mongolia Economics and Business Studies, 22(3), 43-61.
Chon, K. H., Lee, W., & Dunbar, S. B. (2010). A comparison of item fit statistics for mixed IRT models. Journal of Educational Measurement, 47(3), 318-338.
Chon, K. H., Miller, S. K., & Upton, S. J. (2013, April). Hierarchical linear modeling of mathematics achievement in America’s choice comprehensive reform: comparative advantages over multiple regression. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
Upton, S. J., Miller, S. K., Chon, K. H., & Bay-Williams, J. (2012, November). Improvement followed by collapse: understanding the failure to maintain intervention gains from comprehensive school reform. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the annual meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association, Lexington, KY.
Chon, K. H. (2011, May). The effect of model-data misfit on IRT equating for polytomous data. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, New Orleans, LA.
Chon, K. H., & Lee, W. (2010, May). The effect of model-data misfit on test equating under the common-item nonequivalent groups design. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, Denver, CO.
Co-Principal Investigator, WKU’s Rock Solid Evaluation: A Progressive Plan for Evaluating Implementation and Reporting Educational Impacts of Green River Regional Education Cooperative’s (GRREC) kid-FRIENDLy Project (Collaboration with Tony Norman, Jie Zhang, and Stephen Miller), Sub-grant Award of GRREC’s Race to the Top-District (RTT-D) Project (funded by U.S. Department of Education), March 2013 – December 2017, $2,165,942.
Co-Principal Investigator (Project Manager), Kentucky’s Standards and Indicators for School Improvement: Developing and Validating Scales Based on Teachers’ Perceptions (Collaboration with Stephen Miller and Gary Houchens), Western Kentucky University’s Research and Creative Activities Program (RCAP) Grant, January 2013 – June 14, $22,058.
Project Director, The TELL Kentucky Survey of Teacher Working Conditions: Do Differences in Teacher and Principal Perceptions Relate to Student Outcomes? (Collaboration with Stephen Miller, Gary Houchens, Jie Zhang, and Tony Norman), WKU-NKU Doctoral Research Grant, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, January 2013 – May 13, $2,500.
Research Director, Targeted Partnership: STEM Teach, National Science Foundation (NSF), PI: Martha Day, July, 2013 – June, 2018, $7,564,004 requested, Pending.
Statistician, Impact of System-Centered Factors and Processes of Nursing Care on Fall Prevalence and Injuries from Falls (PIs: Loreen Adele, Herwaldt, and Marita G. Titler), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant, September 2007 – August 2009, $300,000.
Professional Organization Membership
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME)