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A Method for Generating Educational Test Items that are Aligned to the Common Core State Standards

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  • Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, 6-110 Education North, Edmonton - T6G 2G5, AB, Canada
  • School of Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Assistant Vice President, Assessment Strategy, ACT Inc., Canada
  • Vice President, Test Development, ACT Inc., Canada

Abstract


The demand for test items far outstrips the current supply. This increased demand can be attributed, in part, to the transition to computerized testing, but, it is also linked to dramatic changes in how 21st century educational assessments are designed and administered. One way to address this growing demand is with automatic item generation. Automatic item generation involves the process of using models to generate items with the aid of computer technology. The purpose of this study is to describe and illustrate a methodology that permits the generation of huge number of diverse and heterogeneous test items that are closely aligned to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.

Keywords

Automatic Item Generation, Test Development, Testing and Technology

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