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1st Edition

The College Instructor's Guide to Writing Test Items
Measuring Student Learning

ISBN 9781138886537
Published May 26, 2017 by Routledge
172 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The College Instructor’s Guide to Writing Test Items: Measuring Student Learning addresses the need for direct and clear guidance on item writing for assessing broad ranges of content in many fields. By focusing on multiple-choice response items, this book provides college instructors the tools to understand, develop, and use assessment activities in classrooms in a way that consistently supports learning. Including dozens of example items and additional resources to support the item development process, this volume is unique in its practical-focus, and is essential reading for instructors and soon-to-be educators, professional development specialists, and higher education researchers. As teaching, assessment, and learning are inherently intertwined, The College Instructor’s Guide to Writing Test Items both facilitates the development of instructors’ own practice and improves the learning outcomes and success of students.


Table of Contents





  1. The Role of Testing in the College Classroom
  2. The Role of Learning Objectives
  3. Planning the Quiz or Test
  4. Writing MC Items
  5. Getting Practice and Feedback Online
  6. Example Items from Various Fields
  7. Using Test Results to Improve Item Writing, Teaching, & Learning


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Michael C. Rodriguez is the Campbell Leadership Chair in Education and Human Development and Professor of Educational Psychology at The University of Minnesota, USA.

Anthony D. Albano is Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education and Human Sciences at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.