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5 Steps to Better Tests

Posted by Julie Delazyn Creating fair, valid and reliable tests requires starting off right: with careful planning. Starting with that foundation, you will save time and effort while producing tests that yield trustworthy results. Five essential steps for producing high-quality tests: 1. Plan: What elements must you consider before crafting the... Read More

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Item Development – Training Item Writers

Posted by Austin Fossey Once we have defined the purpose of the assessment, completed our domain analysis, and finalized a test blueprint, we might be eager to jump right in to item writing, but there is one important step to take before we begin: training! Unless you are writing the entire... Read More

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How to stay within European law when sub-contracting assessment services

Posted by John Kleeman Questionmark has recently published a white paper on assessment and European data protection. I’ve shared some material from the white paper in earlier posts on the Responsibilities of a Data Controller When Assessing Knowledge, Skills and Abilities and The 12 responsibilities of a data controller, part... Read More

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The 12 responsibilities of a data controller, part 2

Posted by John Kleeman In my post last week, I shared some information on six of the responsibilities of assessment sponsors acting as Data Controllers when delivering assessments in Europe: 1. Inform participants 2. Obtain informed consent 3. Ensure that data held is accurate 4. Delete personal data when it... Read More

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Responsibilities of a Data Controller When Assessing Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Posted by John Kleeman If you are a European or multinational company delivering assessments in Europe or an awarding body providing certification in Europe, then you likely have responsibilities as a Data Controller of assessment results and data under European law. The European Data Protection Directive imposes an obligation on... Read More

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Item Analysis Report – Item Difficulty Index

Posted by Austin Fossey In classical test theory, a common item statistic is the item’s difficulty index, or “p value.” Given many psychometricians’ notoriously poor spelling, might this be due to thinking that “difficulty” starts with p? Actually, the p stands for the proportion of participants who got the item... Read More

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Writing Good Surveys, Part 2: Question Basics

Posted By Doug Peterson In the first installment in this series, I mentioned the ASTD book, Survey Basics, by Phillips, Phillips and Aaron. The fourth chapter, “Survey Questions,” is especially good, and it’s the basis for this installment. The first thing to consider when writing questions for your survey is... Read More