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Testing and the Data It Generates

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Part 1 of the "STEM Testing" discussion, led by Eric Loken.

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20 February 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


541 Davey

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Large universities administer hundreds of thousands of tests per year to measure student learning and determine grades. Evaluating the quality of these assessments receives relatively little attention.  Some basic and useful tools are available when tests are administered in a learning management system or using scantron services.  Additional psychometric analyses can yield additional important information, and we will discuss examples involving relative precision of measurement, construct validity, and test fairness.
The standard testing model for large undergraduate STEM courses is many decades old.  It is likely to change in the near future due to multiple sources of pressure including demands for accountability, innovations in K12 education and assessment, and the rise of online mechanisms for course delivery.

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