Ok, so Popham gives us in this chapter the beginnings to building our own test items. But he does so with a few, actually five, caveats. This is a fairly short chapter, easily read, and quick with information. I have summarized quickly below:
– Two types of possible test questions: 1) selected response – in which you choose the answer from a list (multiple choice or true/false) and; 2) constructed response – in which you provide the answer to the question via essay, short answer, free response, etc.
– Both types of possible questions have their pro’s and both have their con’s…we have heard them all, even prior to reading Popham’s list of +/-
– 5 big roadblocks in tests
1. unclear directions
2. ambiguous statements
3. unintentional clues
4. complex phrasing
5. difficult vocabulary
* “(Y)ou’ll hopefully recall that the central mission of all such assessment is (1) to help you make valid inferences about your student so you can then (2) make better decisions about how to instruct those students.” (p. 69)
* “Never, never create a test just to be creating a test.” (p. 69)
* “Beyond the mission of making inferences about your students based on their test performances, there is no other reason to test those students.” (p. 70)
* “For every test that you create, review all items and directions from the perspective of your students.” (p. 70)
A good chapter, a quick read…now, hopefully you are up through Chapter 5 and ready for our meeting on Thursday.
Keep on reading,