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The Emergence of an Item-writing Technology

Roid, Gale ; Haladyna, Tom

Review of Educational Research, June 1980, Vol.50(2), pp.293-314 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The Emergence of an Item-writing Technology
  • Author/Creator: Roid, Gale ; Haladyna, Tom
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Education
  • Is Part Of: Review of Educational Research, June 1980, Vol.50(2), pp.293-314
  • Description:

    The emerging technology of item writing for achievement tests is reviewed. Several different approaches to item development are discussed. A continuum of item-writing methods is proposed ranging from informal-subjective methods to algorithmic-objective methods. Examples of techniques include objective-based item writing, amplified objectives, item forms, facet design, domain-referenced concept testing, and computerized techniques. Each item-writing technique is critically reviewed, and empirical studies of methods are described. Recommendations for further research and for applications to achievement testing are presented.


  • Identifier: ISSN: 0034-6543 ; E-ISSN: 1935-1046 ; DOI: 10.3102/00346543050002293