Multiple-choice items are powerful assessment tools because they enable educators to assess large amounts of content efficiently and reliably. Given the power and prevalence of multiple-choice items, data-literate educators are skilled at writing and evaluating these item types.
a) Items are numbered and response choices are each associated with a letter.
b) The stem is at the top of the item (as opposed to on the side, for example).
c) Images associated with the stem are above the text of the stem.
d) Choices are aligned vertically beneath the stem.
These recommendations for strong multiple-choice item design align with best practices documented in the literature and are further explained in “Rules for Multiple Choice Item Design” (http://bit.ly/1MnoTQp) ,published by the Relay Graduate School of Education.
To earn the micro-credential Designing and Evaluating Multiple-Choice Items, you must submit five multiple-choice items. Of the five items, three must be self-designed; the remaining two should be procured from another source (such as a textbook, state test, or other source). Annotate each self-designed item to explain how it meets the standards for high-quality multiple-choice design; the optional Relay template (http://bit.ly/1QdgfC5) may be helpful for submitting and annotating the items. Evaluate the procured items for their adherence to these standards. The procured items may or may not meet the standards for high-quality multiple-choice design; what is more important is that they are correctly evaluated.
Your artifact submission will be assessed on the following rubric. You must earn a (3) Proficient or (4) Exemplary score to earn the micro-credential.
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