Pros:Can administer more questions during the testing sessionEasy and quick to gradeScoring is objective--answer is right or wrongMost bang for your testing buck
Cons:Questions can be poorly writtenOveremphasizes basic recall rather than deep understandingCan fail to represent all content/skillsAllows for guessing
5 Rules for S. R. AssessmentsDon't give any clues or hints to the answersUse simple, straightforward languageUse simple syntax/grammarEnsure all directions are clearWrite all questions clearly
Formal assessments can come in a variety of different forms. One of the most common is selected response measures, which include multiple choice, matching, and binaries.
1. What is the purpose of the Prologue in Romeo & Juliet? to offer insights into the characters to introduce the storyline to provide a musical interlude to provide comic relief
Selected response questions have many benefits and drawbacks. As a teacher, you must decide if this sort of questioning adequately meets the content and skills you are trying to assess.
Column A: Descriptions 1. Character who is related to Romeo 2. Character who is related to Juliet 3. Character who wants to marry Juliet 4. Character who comes up with multiple plans to help Romeo and Juliet be together
Here are some rules to keep in mind when creating selected response questions. Simplicity and clarity are key.
Binary True/False: If Juliet does not marry Paris, Capulet threatens to murder her. True/False: Prince Escalus was related to two of the slain people. True/False: The Capulet parents believe Juliet is crying about Tybalt’s death. True/False: Including himself, Romeo stabbed or poisoned two people.
When writing multiple choice questions, keep the following in mind: Avoid "All of the above"; "None of the above" is betterMake sure answer choices are equal in lengthAvoid obvious answer choices, clues, and patterns
When writing matching questions, keep the following in mind: Always provide more answer choices than answersUse homogeneous responses (people with people, dates with dates)Avoid obvious answer choices, clues, and patterns
When writing binary questions, keep the following in mind: Avoid absolutes (all, always, never, etc.)Only include a single statement per questionAvoid obvious answer choices, clues, and patterns