Directions for Test Construction Project
Identify unit of instruction to be taught and tested
- Select a textbook for Grade 5 or above. Any subject is OK. The
Education Resource Center (ERC) has many.
- Select one unit of instruction from the text. Each book generally
major sections, which may be called chapters or units. Pick something that
is equal to about 1/12 of the book, whatever its name.
- Check to see whether there is a teacher's manual that goes with the
text. You can look through it for ideas for questions. You may use any
questions you find. But be very careful, because the questions are
often poor and they may not target the learning objectives you have
- Think carefully about what you would want your students to learn,
because constructing a test begins with identifying your
Project components to submit. Please type all components and staple
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the topic taught
- the grade level to be taught
- how many lessons will be used to
cover the topic and the topic each lesson will cover (a list with phrase
to describe the topic each day)
- the name, date, and publisher of the textbook from which the chapter
- A list of at least six specific learning outcomes (with a
minimum of at least one at each Bloom level) that
will be achieved during instruction.
- A "two-way chart" (also known as a table of specifications) for the
test. You may abbreviate the specific learning outcomes listed in the
table, but please make sure that it is very clear which entry is for which
learning outcome. You can use a numbering system, for example, so that I
can cross-reference between the table and the list of learning outcomes
(which I need to do when grading the project).
- A summative test, which includes:.
- complete directions for the students
- 40 multiple choice (or interpretive)
questions (no short answer or true-false). Matching is OK when you
series of MC items that can be collapsed into a matching format, but only
- mark the correct response to each
question on the test itself
- 2 restricted-response essay questions
- 1 performance-based task
- scoring rubrics for each of the 3 constructed-response questions
(staple to the back of the
test or include immediately after each question)
- a separate scoring key listing all the correct answers--A, B, etc.
(this is just to help me see
whether your answers fall into a pattern)
- Photocopy of the chapter.
- I am happy to answer any questions you have.
- You can also look at samples of projects from previous semesters.