Constructing Assessment Instruments:  Issues of Validity and Reliability

Workshop Objectives

Participants will

  • Gain knowledge about validity and reliability, two key components in the construction of assessment instruments
  • Be able to define internal and external validity
  • Be able to identify strategies to strengthen content and construct validity
  • Gain knowledge on alternate form reliability, internal reliability, and inter-rater reliability
  • Gain knowledge on reliability analysis and reliability analysis models
Participant Background Requirements
  • Moderate familiarity with test development for courses and/or programs
Workshop Topics
  • Defining validity and reliability
  • Examining issues of validity and reliability in assessment instruments
  • Using strategies to strengthen content and construct validity
  • Employing strategies to strengthen reliability
  • Examining alternate form, internal reliability and inter-rater reliability
  • Using Reliability Analysis Models

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