Testing and grading are important aspects of course design and implementation. Testing and grading are linked to the learning objectives of a course and provide ways of gauging student learning. The websites in this section address frequently asked questions about this topic, offer suggestions for constructing exams and test items, and describe measurement methods.
Basics of Testing and Measurement
CRLT Occasional Paper #24: Best Practices for Designing and Grading Exams (Piontek, 2008)
This CRLT Occasional Paper provides an overview of the science of developing valid and reliable exams, especially multiple-choice and essay items. Additionally, the paper describes key issues related to grading: holistic and trait-analytic rubrics, and normative and criterion grading systems.
Assess Students: Rubrics (University of Texas)
Grade student writing assignments more efficiently by using a rubric; includes examples of rubrics for a variety of assignments, including oral presentation, critical thinking exercise, writing essays, and case studies. Read more »