Twelve Steps for Effective Test Development

Authored by: Steven M. Downing

Handbook of Test Development

Print publication date:  January  2006
Online publication date:  April  2011

Print ISBN: 9780805852646
eBook ISBN: 9780203874776
Adobe ISBN: 9781135283384


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Effective test development requires a systematic, detail-oriented approach based on sound theoretical educational measurement principles. This chapter discusses twelve discrete test development procedures or steps that typically must be accomplished in the development of most achievement, ability, or skills tests. Following these twelve steps of effective test development, for both selected-response or constructed-response tests, tends to maximize validity evidence for the intended test score interpretation.

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