FAQs - General Mission


  1. Who is the target audience for ITEMS modules?
  2. What topics are suitable for ITEMS modules?
  3. What kinds of material are part of an ITEMS module?
  4. How are ITEMS modules connected to other NCME materials?

1. Who is the target audience for ITEMS modules?

There are two targeted audiences for which we are planning to develop different kinds of modules. The first target audience is instructors and their students in quantitative courses on educational measurement. Examples include undergraduate and graduate courses in education, psychology, or statistics as well as professional training contexts such as conference workshops or independent webinars. The second target audience is specialists in companies who have to educate themselves independently about certain topics for project work as well as assessment specialists in government institutions charged with overseeing and communicating about assessment work. Examples include research scientists, data analysts, research assistants, interns, or project managers, depending on what the positions in a given institution are. Of course, we hope that the ITEMS modules find a broad acceptance for their intended purpose and get used in meaningful ways we had not anticipated!

2. What topics are suitable for ITEMS modules?

We are currently working on building out a core curriculum for ITEMS that focuses primarily on quantitative methodology in educational measurement. In alignment with best practices from years past, we intend to cover topics in the areas of classical test theory, item response theory, and other latent-variable methods. However, we will also consider certain novel analytic approaches from areas such as educational data mining and learning analytics in so far as they support educational assessment applications. We also plan to update and develop modules on methodological best practices for assessment development processes such as task design, item banking, and automated scoring. We hope that our content is useful to colleagues across diverse use contexts such as classroom assessment, standards-based large-scale assessment, certification and licensure testing, as well as formative assessment.

3. What kinds of material are part of an ITEMS module?

ITEMS modules are integrated digital packages of materials developed with modern course development software - Articulate 360 - and include narrated slides with interactive components, self-assessments with diagnostic feedback, interactive workbooks or applications around sample data sets, as well as supporting materials such as didactic overview articles, glossaries, and vetted online resources. Our primary design team works with content developers to create a package of materials that suits the vision of each module, the didactic goals of ITEMS overall, and the personal styles of the contributors. Hopefully, the development process is educational and fun for all involved!

4. How are ITEMS modules connected to other NCME materials?

We are planning to link ITEMS modules to different offerings provided by NCME over time. Relevant resources that we are currently considering include the NCME member database, the NCME book series, a possible NCME paper repository, conference recordings, webinars, and the like.