Test Construction and Test Editing
Developing valid and reliable multiple-choice or essay tests for student assessment is a specialized skill, yet most school teachers, post-secondary instructors, and texbook authors are expected to construct their own tests without any training or assistance. Essential Edits can help!
Essential Edits can edit your test banks, or construct them for youEssential Edits can help with editing tests and assignments or constructing assessments from scratch for your class, your textbook, or your program. Let Essential Edits staff show you how minor changes to wording and format can significantly improve readability, reliability, validity, and student satisfaction. Poor assessment practices undermine the accuracy and fairness of student evaluation, and therefore everything else that happens in the classroom.
Essential Edits can provide test-related workshops or tutoringEssential Edits staff can provide private tutoring or group faculty workshops to teach you or your staff the necessary skills to design, construct, and grade assessments appropriate for your grade level, course content, and student backgrounds. If you or your staff are experiencing student complaints about assessment practices, Essential Edits can provide workshops to improve assessment design and implement best practice, and so eliminate assessment complaints and dramatically improve student course evaluations globally. (Poor assessment is generally the source of most student complaints, whether addressed to assessment specifically or expressed as a general grumpiness.)
Essential Edits Can Consult on Assessment PolicyDr. Runté would be happy to consult on assessment policy documents for your school district, post-secondary institution, or certification program.
Similarly, at the individual level, Essential Edits staff can help edit your statement of assessment philosophy for your annual activities report, teaching dossier, teaching award nomination, and so on.
Dr. Runté has over thirty years' experience as an assessment expert.
Dr. Runté, spent ten years as a Research Officer, Examiner, and Test Development Specialist in the Student Evaluation Branch of Alberta Education. His primarily responsibility was for constructing/editing the Provincial Achievement Tests for Grades 3, 6, and 9 Social Studies, but his duties included providing in-service to classroom teachers on constructing test questions; interpreting test results; writing provincial reports; researching new testing techniques; and supporting the Social Studies and Humanities teams in the development and running of the Diploma Examination program.
Following his years with Student Evaluation, Dr. Runté spent the next twenty years teaching courses in test construction and authentic assessment in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. His research program has touched on a variety of assessment related topics, such as the impact of provincial testing on teacher professionalism; and the washback effects of grade appeals on assessment practice in post-secondary institutions. His most recent paper (with M. Runté), "Excellence for what? Policy Development and the Discourse of the Purpose of Higher Education" [in press, 2017 in Global Perspectives on Teaching Excellence: A New Era for Higher Education, C. Broughan, L. Clouder, G. Steventon, eds. Routledge. Chapter 6], was on the evaluation of teaching in post-secondary institutions in the UK.
Dr. Runté has offered workshops on test construction, test interpretation, and authentic assessments to classroom teachers and university instructors throughout his career. He is currently writing a textbook on test construction for Five Rivers Publishing and maintains an active assessment blog on a variety of assessment issues.