How to Get the Best from Item Writers

Many years ago, I was a development manager at a Great Big Huge Test Publishing Company. I’ve already told the story of how I began as a temp employee in hand-scoring, as so many recruits to the test publishing industry do. Armed with my book-learnin’ and a new but hardly marketable M.A. in English, emphasis […]

Before the Beginning

In the beginning, when all is without form and void, here is what an item writer should have in order to write test items: project overview and background company and/or project style guide, whichever should be followed for the assignment list of standards to be assessed (with or without item-to-skill distribution) item specifications with content […]

If You Get Any Closer, You’d Be Me

I’d just read The Sound and the Fury and The Hamlet, and then started Wise Blood because I’d read an excerpt that was one of the funniest things I’d ever read. Those Southerners, you know. (I’m reading my way through my own Southern gothic course now–I’ll continue with Faulkner, then more O’Connor, and go from […]