ERIC Number: ED563465
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Design and Evaluation of Mixed-Format Large Scale Assessments for the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®)
Reshetar, Rosemary; Melican, Gerald J.
College Board, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) (Denver, CO, April 2010)
This paper discusses issues related to the design and psychometric work for mixed-format tests --tests containing both multiple-choice (MC) and constructed-response (CR) items. The issues of validity, fairness, reliability and score consistency can be addressed but for mixed-format tests there are many decisions to be made and no examination or examination program faces exactly the same choices. This paper raised some issues and used the AP experience to illustrate the types of questions that need to be addressed and outlined the strong test development processes that need to be in place to address the issues.
Descriptors: Psychometrics, Test Construction, Multiple Choice Tests, Test Items, Test Validity, Test Bias, Test Reliability, Scores, Responses, Advanced Placement Programs, Measurement, High School Students, College Bound Students, Scoring
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: College Board
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Advanced Placement Examinations (CEEB)