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John C. Ory
Katherine E. Ryan
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--Patricia H. Wheeler in Evaluation Practice
"This book] provides a thorough discussion of general testing and grading issues. . . . The topics one would expect to be covered are all addressed in a thorough and step-by-step manner. I particularly like the activities accompanying each chapter. They are brief, doable, and inviting. . . . It would be particularly helpful for new faculty, but experienced faculty might also benefit from the discussion of how to evaluate past exams and the pros and cons of various grading policies."
--Shirley Ronkowski, Office of Instructional Consultation,
University of California, Santa Barbara
Do you enjoy teaching students about your field, but loathe the testing and grading process? Do you find yourself using the same kinds of tests that you had as a student? Aimed at helping faculty develop more effective assessment strategies, Ory and Ryan's book provides practical suggestions for developing, using, and grading classroom exams. Through the use of detailed examples, check lists, exercises, and lucid explanations, this book will help you determine what content to includeon an exam, assess difficulty level of items, write different kinds of test items (multiple-choice, matching, true-false, essay, and short answer), prepare a professional-looking exam, deal with cheating, score different test items, determine if various content areas were adequately taught, help students review for an exam, select a grading method, and develop your own grading strategy. If you want your exams and grades to be an accurate reflection of the material your students have mastered, then this book is the resource for you.
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