on Student Evaluation & Assessment
Using Classroom Assessment Techniques
(CATs). Specifies the ideal characteristics, basic assumptions
and benefits of using CATs. Suggests practical steps for getting
started with CATs and general guidelines for success, including
how to adapt your course to include assessment, selecting when and
how often to assess, and using the results of assessment. Includes
dozens of examples. 10 links
Mastering General Concepts
in Testing and Evaluation. Covers the use of tests for individual
diagnosis, measuring students achievement and grading. Differentiates
between norm- and criterion-referenced measurements and their scoring.
Includes in-depth guidelines for the development and use of standardized
educational and psychological tests. Reviews psychometric aspects
of test design and scoring, including item response theory. 6
Constructing Tests and
Writing Test Items. Discusses test planning, construction, analysis
and revision. Reviews the advantages, disadvantages and use/misuse
of various test items, as well as the learning outcomes assessed,
feedback provided and likelihood of cheating for each item type.
Provides guidance on writing various test items, including common
item flaws and do's and don'ts. Gives examples of test blueprints.
Describes the strengths, limitations and use of essay questions,
including how to construct and score them. 17
Analyzing Tests & Test
Items. Emphasizes the importance of conducting item and test
analyses on norm-referenced tests and provides a detailed overview
of the classical measures of item difficulty and the discrimination
index. Includes needed sample sizes, basic steps, and interpretation
of the item analysis reports. Also covers item response theory,
including the Rasch model. 5
Addressing Grading Issues and
Practices. Topics include general grading strategies, minimizing
students' complaints about grading; and evaluating your grading
policies. Compares norm-based, criterion-referenced and other methods
of grading. Discusses how to set passing levels on high-stakes tests.
Provides guidelines for grading essays. Recommends methods for grading
class participation, group learning activities and clinical practice
courses. 9 links
Finding and Evaluating Tests
and Measurement Tools. Provides tips on how to locate published
and unpublished educational and psychological tests, including access
to searchable databases of test collections and/or test publishers.
Provides dozens of examples of instruments used to assess general
graduate medical education competencies. Reviews criteria and questions
to ask when evaluating and selecting standardized tests. 7
Evaluating Clinical Performance.
Access dozens of links on clinical evaluation organized into three
major categories: Overviews of Clinical Evaluation; Evaluating Clinical
Performance and Competence; and Representative Clinical Assessment
Tools and Methods. Includes dynamic searches of the Medline database
on clinical competency evaluation and the Objective Structured Clinical
Exam (OSCE). 52 links
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