Here’s just a quick update about what we did in April with the Threshold Achievement Test for Information Literacy, since we’re busy writing test items and enjoying the spring weather. 🙂
We’re happy to introduce Michelle Dunaway and Lettycia Terrones as the two newest members of our Advisory Board. Michelle is a librarian who is currently pursuing a PhD in Education Evaluation & Research at Wayne State University in Detroit. Lettycia is the Education Librarian at Cal State Fullerton and she was a high school English and ESL teacher for seven years before becoming a librarian.
The advisory board members have been drafting and refining performance indicators for the first test module we’re developing. Here’s a sampling of some we’re working on:
- Identify reasons for selecting sources that represent a variety of perspectives, values, and judgments.
- Distinguish when it is appropriate to use a primary scholarly article versus a review article.
- Arrange a sample set of sources into their appropriate positions on the information cycle.
- Match descriptions of audience values to descriptions of the authorial expertise they would find most authoritative.
And if you’re interested in learning more about the test development process and research-based item formats, we recommend the following books that have been influential to us so far:
- Downing, S. M., & Haladyna, T. M. (2006). Handbook of test development. Mahwah, NJ: L. Erlbaum.
- Haladyna, T. M. (1997). Writing test items to evaluate higher order thinking. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
- Haladyna, T. M., & Rodriguez, M. C. (2013). Developing and validating test items. New York, NY: Routledge.
We're looking forward to an exciting summer. Keep checking back for updates. 🙂