What are the parts of an assessment?

The assessment tool allows administrators, committee members, and instructors to create, administer, and record common summative and formative assessments. Assessments are comprised of three parts: Assessment Items, Assessment Tests, and Assessment Events.

Assessment items are questions that students can answer. These questions are designed to evaluate student understanding of specific learning targets. There are four item types: Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blank, Extended Response, and Inline Choice. Each item is linked to one learning target and will be used when calculating student scores for that learning target.

The item is linked to a specific complexity[link] for a learning target. The complexity categorizes the items according to the level of complexity needed to complete the item. The number of complexity levels is pulled directly from the standards-based grading scale assigned on the course. For example, if you use a four-point standards-based grading scale, the item can be assigned a complexity of 1, 2, 3, or 4.

Internal assessment tests are a combination of assessment items that will be administered at a single time. They are taken by students through the TeacherEase student portal and are scored in instructors’ gradebooks.

You can also create external assessment tests, which do not require the creation of assessment items. This is useful when the assessment is administered on paper or in another system. External assessment tests do not link individual questions to specific learning targets, but do allow instructors enter a score for each learning target.

Assessments test are administered as test events.  Each assessment can be used in multiple test events, allowing you to reuse the assessment test. You can set a single date or a date range for each event. For example, a district might ask all ninth-grade math teachers to give an assessment test in the first week of September (pretest), then re-administer the test at the end of the first semester (summative). Each of those would be a single test event.

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