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Standard Course Sample Agenda

Review our Global Institute sample agenda for the course "Design and Development of Large-Scale Assessments."

TopicLearning Objective
Test Development Process Review the general steps of the ETS test development process.
Evidence-Centered Design This session presents a method of designing tests that directly links item and test development to the knowledge, skills and abilities to be tested, claims to be made and evidence to be collected.
Item Writing and Reviewing Guidelines Review general item writing and reviewing guidelines applicable to multiple-choice tests. Time permitting, participants practice writing and reviewing items using the guidelines.
Design and Development of Performance Assessments This session outlines the guidelines and procedures for developing performance assessments (non-multiple-choice assessments). Rubrics and essays from ETS tests are used as examples.
Scoring Performance Assessments Methods and logistics of essay scoring. Time permitting, participants also gain experience reviewing essays.
Overview of Psychometric Concepts in Testing This session provides a summary of the basic psychometric concepts behind test development: item analysis, differential item functioning (DIF), equating, scaling, score interpretation, reliability, validity and fairness.
Equating and Scaling of Test Scores Discusses the statistical issues involved in constructing comparable test forms.
Standard Setting Provides an overview of the methodologies involved in establishing cut scores in large-scale assessments.
Test Fairness and Differential Item Functioning (DIF) This session discusses the issues surrounding test fairness. The session also introduces DIF, the analysis of how matched people in different groups perform on a test item.

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