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Improving Quality of Student Assessment Using Test Blueprints
Course assessments both formative and summative are used to gather relevant information about the student’s continuous performance (formative) and their overall performance (summative). Assessments are a good measure of whether the intended learning outcomes of the course have been realized. Instructors generally develop their tests without following any formal and structured approach. Without a structured plan to guide the preparation of assessment tools, the chances of missing out on key outcomes that need to be tested are high. Like a building blueprint that serves as a guide to follow and build a house, test blueprints specify the key content areas mostly focusing on the course objectives or learning outcomes to provide the component that has to be tested at various cognitive levels. Test blueprint improves test validity.
The main goal is to have a general discussion with participants on the value of test blueprints in assessment. First, participants will be pooled to determine how many use test blueprints. Second, participant will be given a course syllabus with student learning outcomes and two tests that cover the material in the syllabus. Participants will be asked to evaluate the validity of the two tests based on the learning outcomes of the course. After a general discussion on the tests evaluation, and a review of which of the tests was prepared using a test blueprint, a showcase of how faculty at the UGA college of engineering use test blueprints will be presented. The showcase have different blueprint design based on the nature of the course. The only technology that will be required will be a zoom connection with breakout classroom session capability. March 11th and 12th are not good days.