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1 Writing Good Test Questions

2 Types of Test Questions Selected Response –Multiple Choice/True-False Closed Constructed Response –Short Answer (Fill-in-the-blanks/List) Open-ended Constructed Response –Supports multiple solution processes (Essay) Describe, differentiate, compare, etc. Performance Event –Design, create, explain, etc.

3 Selected Response Questions have one correct answer. Pros –Easy to grade –Takes little class time Cons –Measure knowledge level only –Difficult to construct

4 Constructed Response-Closed Questions require a short answer. –Specific answer –Fill in the blank, list, etc. Examples: The capital of Missouri is ______________. Name the eight states surrounding Missouri.

5 Constructed Response-Open These questions require students to supply, rather than choose a response. –Students usually write answers in essay form. –Responses are scored with a rubric/ scoring guide. Example: Why are most urban areas located near water?

6 WRITING CONSTRUCTED RESPONSES 1. Identify the curriculum objective. 2. Look for stimulus material in the subject area. (what the students will use to demonstrate knowledge) Examples: Math: charts, graphs, problematic situations, etc. Science: examples of systems, cycles, experiments, journal notes, etc. Communication Arts: stories, poems, plays, contrasting pieces of literature Social Studies: primary documents, charts, maps, journal entries, etc.

7 3. Write a scoring guide for the question. On the state assessment a closed constructed response question will usually have a top score of 1 and an open-ended question will usually have a top score of either 2 or 3 points. 4. Make needed revisions to the question or to the scoring guide. WRITING CONSTRUCTED RESPONSES-3

8 Creating a Performance Event Identify the purpose of the activity. List Show-Me standards addressed. –Knowledge Standards: CA 4; SS 5 –Performance Standards: Goal 1.20 List GLE codes (Write out GLE for class project) Include grade level and subject areas. Write a detailed list of materials needed. Calculate time needed for the task.

9 Creating a Performance Task-2 Write detailed instructions for administration. –Assignment explanations –Scoring guide clarifications –Needed web addresses List pre-assessment requirements –You can’t assess knowledge that you haven’t taught.

10 Write a student prompt. –Write an easy-to-follow scenario. –List expectations. –Consider a bulleted list. Provide a scoring guide. –Be specific. Avoid words like some, many, a few, etc. Creating a Performance Task-3

11 Sample Performance Tasks View sample performance tasks at: –http://teacherweb.com/MO/Hannibal- LaGrangeCollege/ConnieMelloway/http://teacherweb.com/MO/Hannibal- LaGrangeCollege/ConnieMelloway/ –http://www.successlink.org/gti/search/ start_search.asphttp://www.successlink.org/gti/search/ start_search.asp sson.asp?lid=2295http://www.successlink.org/gti/gti_le sson.asp?lid=2295

12 Bibliography hat Is MAP? /faq.htmlhttp://www.dese.state.mo.us/divimprove/assess /faq.html wtowriteacr.htmlhttp://www.wccards.k12.mo.us/themapzone/ho wtowriteacr.html


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