Week 3: Test Construction

Purpose

This assignment is designed to provide the MSN student the opportunity to apply Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy in the development of a test blueprint as well as the construction of test questions.  Using the provided information about a course, the MSN student will developed a test blueprint that reflects Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy at a minimum of 4 different cognitive levels including two higher levels.  From this test blueprint, the MSN student will then develop multiple choice and alternative formatted test items. 

Course Outcomes

Through this assignment, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

CO 1:  Apply information related to assessment and evaluation in diverse healthcare and academic settings to foster learning.  (PO 1)

CO 2:  Incorporate caring, professional values and ethics in the application of assessment and evaluation processes to diverse learning activities. (PO 2, 4)

CO 3:   Employ a spirit of inquiry and scholarship to foster professional development regarding the use of assessment and evaluation in diverse healthcare and academic settings. (PO 3, 4)

Due Date:  Sunday 11:59 PM MT at the end of Week 3

Total Points Possible: 220 points

Requirements

Description of the Assignment

For this assignment, the MSN student will used the following course titled “Comfort Care of Adults” and the identified course outcomes.

Course Description: Comfort Care of Adults

Emphasis is on delivery of comfort care to adult clients experiencing acute alterations in health. Students will assess client needs, plan appropriate interventions based on evidence, implement interventions according to accepted standards of nursing care and evaluate effectiveness of care though an evidenced based nursing framework.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explains knowledge from the biological and behavioral sciences, and the liberal arts in order to plan nursing care of clients.
  2. Applies knowledge of lifespan development, culture, and economic status to provide holistic care to clients with specific alterations in health.
  3. Utilizes the nursing process as a framework for decision making in caring for adult clients in acute care settings.
  4. Appraises evidence based practices for incorporation in the plan of care of clients with alterations in health.

Based on the above information, develop a test blueprint for ONE module or unit in the above course.   The module or unit can be on a specific disease or process (i.e. respiratory diseases, post-op patients, etc.).   As the educator for this module/unit, you will need to select the level of the learner(s) as well as the practice setting.  The practice setting can be in either the nurse professional development (i.e. mentoring program, continuing education) or traditional academic setting (i.e. senior level adult health course; junior level adult health course). 

Criteria for Content

  • Description of content area for the module/unit:  In this section, the MSN student identifies the content area to be the focus of the module/unit and the test.  This section includes the following required elements:
    • Identify the overall content for the module or unit
    • Explains how the identified content is consistent with the course description
    • Identify four specific content areas to be used within the test blue print
    • Identify the level of the learner that will be completing the module/unit and the test
    • Explain the importance of the selected content area to the learner
  • Development of test blueprint:  In this section, the MSN student will develop a test blueprint for module/unit.  Please use the Test Blueprint Template located in Assignment area of the NR 537.  The required sections are noted to be:
    • Identify the name of the module/unit that this test is being designed for
    • Identify the total points for the test
    • Identify the points for each test question
    • Identify the 4 (four) content areas to be placed in the Test Blueprint Template (See Assignment area for the template)
    • Allot testing points for each content area for the appropriate Comfort Care course outcome verb
    • Total points for each row and column within the required template
  • Development of multiple choice items: In this section, the MSN student will develop multiple choice test items consistent with the cognitive levels of the developed test blueprint.  The require sections are noted to be: 
    • Eight (8) multiple choice items are consistent with the test blueprint cognitive level
    • At least one multiple choice question is developed for EACH Comfort Care for Adults course outcome
    • Identify the cognitive level of the multiple choice item using Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy
    • Identify the Comfort Care for Adults course outcome and content area that the test item refers to
    • Wording of the STEM is consistent with item writing best practices
    • Wording of distractors are consistent with item writing best practices
  • Development of alternative items:  In this section, the MSN student will develop alternative test items consistent with the cognitive levels of the developed test blueprint.  The required elements for this section are noted to be: 
    • Four (4) alternative test items are constructed
    • At least two DIFFERENT types of alternative test items are presented
    • Each alternative item is identified as to its item type
    • Each alternative item is identified for its cognitive level using Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy
    • Identify the Course Outcome and content area that the test item refers to
    • Wording of the alternative item is consistent with best practices for item writing

Preparing the Assignment

Criteria for Format and Special Instructions

  1. When allotting points for each content area to the verb (i.e. column heading), decide which Comfort Care for Adults course outcome verb is most important for the content area and then assignment more points.  For example if you think that Comfort Care for Adults course outcome verb #2 is more important than Comfort Care for Adults course outcome verb #1, you would allot more points to Comfort Care for Adults course outcome verb #2.  Please note:  you do NOT have to allot points to each cell, but there must be points for each course outcome.
  2. The test blue print portion of the assignment must use the template that is provided  (see the Assignment section of NR 537)
  3. Twelve test items must be developed by the MSN student.  The items must consistent with the cognitive level noted in the test blueprint.
  4. Of the twelve test questions, 8 (eight) must be multiple choice questions each with a stem and 4 (four) options/distractors.  The remaining 4 (four) items must be alternative test items (i.e. true/false, fill-in-blank, matching, short answer etc.).  Within the 4 (four) alternative test items, 2 (two) different types of alternative items must be demonstrated. 
  5. A reference list is not needed unless a citation is provided, which is not expected.
  6. Title page, body of paper, and reference page (if needed) must follow APA guidelines as found in the current edition of the manual.
  7. Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed and consistent with formal, scientific writing.

Directions and Assignment Criteria

Assignment CriteriaPoints%Description
Description of content area for the module/unit2511Required content for this section includes: Identify the overall content for the module or unit Explains how the identified content is consistent with the course descriptionIdentify four specific content areas to be used within the test blue print Identify the level of the learner that will be completing the module/unit and the test Explain the importance of the selected content area to the learner
Development of test blueprint207Required content for this section includes: Identify the name of the module/unit that this test is being designed forIdentify the total points for the testIdentify the points for each test questionIdentify the 4 (four) content areas to be placed in the Test Blueprint Template (See Assignment area for the template)Allot testing points for each content area for the appropriate Comfort Care Course Outcome verbTotal points for each row and column within the required template
Development of multiple choice items9041Required content for this section includes: Eight (8) multiple choice items are consistent with the test blueprint cognitive levelAt least one multiple choice question is developed for each Comfort Care for Adults course outcomeIdentify the cognitive level of the multiple choice item using Bloom’s Revised TaxonomyIdentify the Comfort Care for Adults course outcome and content area that the test item refers toWording of the STEM is consistent with item writing best practicesWording of distractors are consistent with item writing best practices
Development of alternative items7533Required content for this section includes: Four (4) alternative test items are constructedAt least two different types of alternative test items are presentedEach alternative item is identified as to its item typeEach alternative item is identified for its cognitive level using Bloom’s Revised TaxonomyIdentify the Comfort Care for Adults course outcome and content area that the test item refers toWording of the alternative item is consistent with best practices for item writing
Scholarly writing at the graduate level  104Required content for this section includes demonstration of: Rules of APA citation style, Scholarly grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation, and other aspects of formal written work as found in the current edition of the APA manual
Total220100% 

Grading Rubric

  Assignment CriteriaExceptional Outstanding or highest level of performanceExceeds Very good or high level of performanceMeets Competent or satisfactory level of performanceNeeds Improvement Poor or failing level of performanceDeveloping Unsatisfactory level of performance
Content Possible Points =  210 Points
Description of content area for the module/unit  25 Points  22 Points 20 Points 10 Points0 Points
Presentation of information was exceptional and included all of the following elements: Identify the overall content for the module or unit Explains how the identified content is consistent with the course descriptionIdentify four specific content areas to be used within the test blue print Identify the level of the learner that will be completing the module/unit and the test Explain the importance of the selected content area to the learner  Presentation of information was good and included all of the following elements but was superficial in places: Identify the overall content for the module or unit Explains how the identified content is consistent with the course descriptionIdentify four specific content areas to be used within the test blue print Identify the level of the learner that will be completing the module/unit and the test Explain the importance of the selected content area to the learner  Presentation of information was noted in all of the following elements but was only minimally demonstrated: Identify the overall content for the module or unit Explains how the identified content is consistent with the course descriptionIdentify four specific content areas to be used within the test blue print Identify the level of the learner that will  be completing the module/unit and the test Explain the importance of the selected content area to the learner    Presentation of information in one or two of the following elements fails to meet expectations: Identify the overall content for the module or unit Explains how the identified content is consistent with the course descriptionIdentify four specific content areas to be used within the test blue print Identify the level of the learner that will  be completing the module/unit and the test Explain the importance of the selected content area to the learner    Presentation of information is unsatisfactory in three or more of the following elements: Identify the overall content for the module or unit Explains how the identified content is consistent with the course descriptionIdentify four specific content areas to be used within the test blue print Identify the level of the learner that will  be completing the module/unit and the test Explain the importance of the selected content area to the learner      
Development of test blueprint20  Points  18 Points16 Points 8 Points0 Points
Presentation of information was exceptional and included all of the following elements:  Identify the name of the module/unit that this test is being designed forIdentify the total points for the testIdentify the points for each test questionIdentify the 4 (four) content areas to be placed in the Test Blueprint Template (See Assignment area for the template)Identify the total points for the testIdentify the points for each test questionAllot testing points for each content area for the appropriate Comfort Care course outcome verbTotal points for each row and column within the required templatePresentation of information was good and included all of the following elements but was superficial in places: Identify the name of the module/unit that this test is being designed forIdentify the total points for the testIdentify the points for each test questionIdentify the 4 (four) content areas to be placed in the Test Blueprint Template (See Assignment area for the template)Allot testing points for each content area for the appropriate Comfort Care course outcome verbTotal points for each row and column within the required template  Presentation of information was noted in all of the following elements but was only minimally demonstrated: Identify the name of the module/unit that this test is being designed forIdentify the total points for the testIdentify the points for each test questionIdentify the 4 (four) content areas to be placed in the Test Blueprint Template (See Assignment area for the template)Allot testing points for each content area for the appropriate Comfort Care course outcome verbTotal points for each row and column within the required template  Presentation of information in one or two of the following elements fails to meet expectations: Identify the name of the module/unit that this test is being designed forIdentify the total points for the testIdentify the points for each test questionIdentify the 4 (four) content areas to be placed in the Test Blueprint Template (See Assignment area for the template)Allot testing points for each content area for the appropriate Comfort Care course outcome verbTotal points for each row and column within the required template  Presentation of information is unsatisfactory in three or more of the following elements: Identify the name of the module/unit that this test is being designed forIdentify the total points for the testIdentify the points for each test questionIdentify the 4 (four) content areas to be placed in the Test Blueprint Template (See Assignment area for the template)Allot testing points for each content area for the appropriate Comfort Care course outcome verbTotal points for each row and column within the required template  
Development of multiple choice items  90 Points   79 Points 72  Points  34 Points0 Points
Presentation of information was exceptional and included all of the following elements:  Eight (8) multiple choice items are consistent with the test blueprint cognitive levelAt least one multiple choice question is developed for each Comfort Care for Adults course outcomeIdentify the cognitive level of the multiple choice item using Bloom’s Revised TaxonomyIdentify the Comfort Care for Adults course outcome and content area that the test item refers toWording of the STEM is consistent with item writing best practicesWording of distractors are consistent with item writing best practices  Presentation of information was good and included all of the following elements but was superficial in places: Eight (8) multiple choice items are consistent with the test blueprint cognitive levelAt least one multiple choice question is developed for each Comfort Care for Adults course outcomeIdentify the cognitive level of the multiple choice item using Bloom’s Revised TaxonomyIdentify the Comfort Care for Adults course outcome and content area that the test item refers toWording of the STEM is consistent with the identified cognitive level and item writing best practicesWording of options/distractors are consistent with item writing best practicesPresentation of information was noted in all of the following elements but was only minimally demonstrated: Eight (8) multiple choice items are consistent with the test blueprint cognitive levelAt least one multiple choice question is developed for each Comfort Care for Adults course outcomeIdentify the cognitive level of the multiple choice item using Bloom’s Revised TaxonomyIdentify the Comfort Care for Adults course outcome and content area that the test item refers toWording of the STEM is consistent with the identified cognitive level and item writing best practicesWording of options/distractors are consistent with item writing best practicesPresentation of information in one or two of the following elements fails to meet expectations: Eight (8) multiple choice items are consistent with the test blueprint cognitive levelAt least one multiple choice question is developed for each Comfort Care for Adults course outcomeIdentify the cognitive level of the multiple choice item using Bloom’s Revised TaxonomyIdentify the Comfort Care for Adults course outcome and content area that the test item refers toWording of the STEM is consistent with the identified cognitive level and item writing best practicesWording of options/distractors are consistent with item writing best practices  Presentation of information is unsatisfactory in three or more of the following elements: Eight (8) multiple choice items are consistent with the test blueprint cognitive levelAt least one multiple choice question is developed for each Comfort Care for Adults course outcomeIdentify the cognitive level of the multiple choice item using Bloom’s Revised TaxonomyIdentify the Comfort Care for Adults course outcome and content area that the test item refers toWording of the STEM is consistent with the identified cognitive level and item writing best practicesWording of options/distractors are consistent with item writing best practices  
Development of alternative items75  Points66 Points 60 Points29 Points0 Points
Presentation of information was exceptional and included all of the following elements:  Four (4) alternative test items are constructedAt least two different types of alternative test items are presentedEach alternative item is identified as to its item typeEach alternative item is identified for its cognitive level using Bloom’s Revised TaxonomyIdentify the Comfort Care for Adults course outcome and content area that the test item refers toWording of the alternative item is consistent with best practices for item writing  Presentation of information was good and included all of the following elements but was superficial in places: Four (4) alternative test items are constructedAt least two different types of alternative test items are presentedEach alternative item is identified as to its item typeEach alternative item is identified for its cognitive level using Bloom’s Revised TaxonomyIdentify the Comfort Care for Adults course outcome and content area that the test item refers toWording of the alternative item is consistent with best practices for item writing  Presentation of information was noted in all of the following elements but was only minimally demonstrated: Four (4) alternative test items are constructedAt least two different types of alternative test items are presentedEach alternative item is identified as to its item typeEach alternative item is identified for its cognitive level using Bloom’s Revised TaxonomyIdentify the Comfort Care for Adults course outcome and content area that the test item refers toWording of the alternative item is consistent with best practices for item writing  Presentation of information in one or two of the following elements fails to meet expectations: Four (4) alternative test items are constructedAt least two different types of alternative test items are presentedEach alternative item is identified as to its item typeEach alternative item is identified for its cognitive level using Bloom’s Revised TaxonomyIdentify the Comfort Care for Adults course outcome and content area that the test item refers toWording of the alternative item is consistent with best practices for item writing  Presentation of information is unsatisfactory in three or more of the following elements: Four (4) alternative test items are constructedAt least two different types of alternative test items are presentedEach alternative item is identified as to its item typeEach alternative item is identified for its cognitive level using Bloom’s Revised TaxonomyIdentify the Comfort Care for Adults course outcome and content area that the test item refers toWording of the alternative item is consistent with best practices for item writing  
                                                                                                                                                                                       Content Subtotal ________of 210 points
Format Possible Points = 10  Points
Criteria Scholarly writing at the graduate level  10  Points9  Points8 Points4  Points0 Points
1–2 errors or exceptions to the rules of APA citation style, grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation, and other aspects of formal written work as found in the current edition of the APA manual3 – 4 errors or exceptions to the rules of  APA citation style, grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation and other aspects of formal written work as found in the current edition of the APA manual  5 – 6 errors or exceptions to the rules of  APA citation style, grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation and other aspects of formal written work as found in the current edition of the APA manual  7 – 8 errors or exceptions to the rules of  APA citation style, grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation and other aspects of formal written work as found in the current edition of the APA manual  9 or greater errors or exceptions to the rules of  APA citation style, grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation and other aspects of formal written work as found in the current edition of the APA manual  
                                                                                                                                                                 Format Subtotal_____of  10 points
Total Points_____of  220 points
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