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ERIC Number: EJ827004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
How Do You Know if They're Getting It? Writing Assessment Items that Reveal Student Understanding
Taylor, Melanie; Smith, Sean
Science Scope, v32 n5 p60-64 Jan 2009
Through a project funded by the National Science Foundation, Horizon Research has been developing assessment items for students (in the process, compiling item-writing principles from several sources and adding their own). In this article, the authors share what they have learned about writing items that reveal student understanding, including best practices and concrete examples of applying them. Although most of the examples given are multiple-choice items, the principles are generally applicable to open-ended questions as well. (Contains 3 figures and 1 resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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