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ERIC Number: EJ1040112
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Guide to Developing High-Quality, Reliable, and Valid Multiple-Choice Assessments
Towns, Marcy H.
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n9 p1426-1431 Sep 2014
Chemistry faculty members are highly skilled in obtaining, analyzing, and interpreting physical measurements, but often they are less skilled in measuring student learning. This work provides guidance for chemistry faculty from the research literature on multiple-choice item development in chemistry. Areas covered include content, stem, and response construction; item analysis; item difficulty; and item discrimination. The goal is to help faculty construct high-quality, reliable, and valid multiple-choice items to evaluate students' ability to meet learning objectives and to demonstrate proficiency in the content domain under study. Using item-writing guidelines based upon the research literature allows faculty to create assessments that are reliable and valid, with greater ability to discriminate between high- and low-achieving students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A