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Overview of Assessment
Dr. Sonya Lynn Dinero
This module serves as an introduction and overview of the field of testing and measurement as it is applied by the thoughtful educator in the classroom. Educators recognize that one of the most influential actions they take in teaching is giving feedback to their classes about how much and to what extent they have learned the material. With the recognition of the student as consumer and the university as supplier, the concept of “value-added” is an important focus in contemporary thinking: for the time and resources expended, what should the student and future employers expect from the classroom experience?
The modern educator, then, has a responsibility to know and understand that tests, as an important method of communicating to students, are not the simple asking of test questions but are a theoretically-based, systematic, and scientific method of analyzing student behavior. The educator must be able to design these instruments and interpret their results in ways that are defensible and that produce the best information available about the outcome of the classroom experience.
The purpose of this module, then, is to present a general background to the history and theory of testing as support for the many decisions that a conscientious educator must make in evaluating the impact he has had on his students. After completing this module, you will be able to
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