Mark-up: Annotating Text for Item Writing

Consider this Part II of how to avoid writing superficial items. I thought it might be helpful to give a real example of what annotating text for item writing might look like. I started out by doing what I usually do: printing out a page and marking it up. But! My handwriting is bad. Not […]

Common Mistakes in Item Writing: When the Shoes Don’t Match the Outfit

Shoes make the outfit. But I think we can all agree that you’ve got to wear shoes that work with the clothes. You can’t wear saucy red patent leather espadrilles—   –with serviceable but baggy and, let’s be honest, nondescript sweatpants. (Unless you’re someone whose name is Not Me. I have to admit that Naomi–the model, my youngest-by-five-minutes […]

The Big Idea, Cross-Referenced to Basic Rules of Item Writing

What endeavor doesn’t benefit from planning and preparation? What endeavor succeeds without preparation? Ah, fatal words! Too late in moving here, too late in arriving there, too late in coming to this decision, too late in starting with enterprises, too late in preparing. These first guidelines of the CCSSO/TILSA Quality Control Checklist for Item Development […]

Jobs, Money, and Love for All

Good grammar and spelling skills make your life better.From Education Week, a teacher’s blog post about an employer who screens job candidates to weed out those with poor English grammar skills: In a fiery post for the Harvard Business Review, Wiens says he flat out won’t hire people who are careless with grammar. And to ensure that no […]

Why Not Offer Miracles If You Can?

Miracles WHY! who makes much of a miracle? As to me, I know of nothing else but miracles, Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan, Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky, Or wade with naked feet along the beach, just in the edge of the water,          5 Or stand under […]