Introduction In this post, we discuss how a test score is an imperfect estimate of a student’s ability. Then we look at how test results include information on standard errors and provide confidence bands. Components of test score variance are then described. And the relationship between measurement error and reliability… Read More "Measurement Error"
The Appeal of Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) Teachers and local school administrators are enamored with computer adaptive tests. They like them because they are shorter than traditional “fixed” tests (identical tests groups of students take) and because they yield immediate results. Modern test analyses by testing companies don’t lead to… Read More "Computer Adaptive Testing"
Formative assessment is a multistep instructional process focused on specific learning targets. Research shows that this process, effectively implemented, can lead to achievement gains, particularly for lower performing students. Formative assessment is a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning… Read More "Motivation to learn, another benefit of formative assessment"
One of the most common questions we receive from educators is about the difference between formative and summative assessment. Classroom formative assessment is a multistep instructional process focused on specific learning targets. Classroom summative assessment is a process that leads to the documentation and certification of student performance. Key differences… Read More "What is the difference between formative and summative assessment?"