Demystifying Statewide Standardized Assessments: Developing High-Quality Assessments and Items
Test developers have a thorough process for designing tests and items (commonly referred to as the test’s questions). The process includes rigorous educator reviews through the development process to help improve the tests’ and items’ quality.
- Effective assessment development starts with a plan and blueprint.
- Educators who are experienced experts in their fields write the test items based on guidelines and instructions provided by test developers.
- Every test item undergoes an extensive review process by diverse groups of internal and external experts, including educators.
- Test development involves a comprehensive bias and sensitivity review process to ensure every item is reviewed and evaluated, resulting in a fair and appropriate assessment of student learning.