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Standard Courses

The ETS Global Institute offers a variety of general training programs to build assessment expertise among education leaders, classroom teachers and school administrators. Program participants:

  • develop an understanding of how standards and test specifications should align with test items
  • learn how to evaluate test quality and the most appropriate delivery method to meet designated goals
  • conduct psychometric analyses of test results and identify opportunities for curriculum improvements
  • review the principles and benefits of scaling and equating in large-scale assessments

2018 Dates and Sample Agenda

The Global Institute offers scheduled three- to five-day courses on the following subjects:

April 2–6, 2018 Design and Development of Large-Scale Assessments
  • Evidence-centered design
  • Test development process
  • Item-writing guidelines
  • Item review and pretesting
  • Item analysis and differential item functioning
  • Performance measures
May 7–11, 2018 Issues in Computer-Delivered Testing
  • Item banking
  • Automated scoring
  • Test security issues
  • Computer-based delivery models
  • Consideration of students with special needs in test design
October 8–12, 2018 Design and Development of Language Assessments
  • Procedures for training item writers
  • Assessment of listening and reading comprehension skills
  • Scoring of performance assessments
  • Design and development of performance assessments (speaking/writing item rubric development)
  • Contemporary research issues in language assessment
  • Benchmarking to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
December 3–7, 2018 Psychometric Methods
  • Overview of psychometric concepts
  • Reliability and standard error of measurement
  • Automated essay scoring
  • Scale development
  • Item response theory (IRT)
  • Item/test analyses
  • Item banking
  • Standard setting
  • Validity
  • Test-score equating and scaling

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See what scheduled courses are offered at the ETS Global Institute.

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