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Tuesday, June 5 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
It's Not Rocket Science: Best Practices and Hands-on Training in Item Writing

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Western Governors University (WGU) is an online, non-profit, competency-based university. As assessment developers at WGU, we work with internal and external stakeholders on a daily basis to create quality assessments. Our assessment development practices are based on psychometric standards that help assure that assessments are both valid and reliable.
Many teaching professionals have extensive training in educational approaches and practices, but little to no training in assessment development. In our interactive skills session we will share some of our approaches and how to apply them to create quality items for objective assessments.
As assessment developers we strive to make sure that our items are written in a way that discriminates between students who are competent and those who are not. We seek to make every item we write both valid and reliable, so that they truly measure student competence, rather than students' test-taking abilities.
For this presentation we will first briefly outline WGU's competency and evidence-statement approach to writing objective assessments. We will create a set of mock competencies and evidence statements for a workshop in which participants will create items using the following item-writing standards:
Alignment to ES
Question format
Sensitivity/Bias/ADA regulations

Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm MDT