1.Describe at least three effective methods for improving the reliability of a classroom test. 2.What does interrater reliability measure? In what types of cases or assessments is it important? 3.Describe the factors that influence reliability. Provide an example of each. 4.A reliability coefficient (r) and a standard error of measurement (SEM) were computed on a test with 10 items. What would happen to those statistics if the test were increased to forty items?

Carefully address each of the following prompts. As always, be sure to provide sufficient supporting detail to demonstrate your understanding.
1.Describe at least three effective methods for improving the reliability of a classroom test.
2.What does interrater reliability measure? In what types of cases or assessments is it important?
3.Describe the factors that influence reliability. Provide an example of each.
4.A reliability coefficient (r) and a standard error of measurement (SEM) were computed on a test with 10 items. What would happen to those statistics if the test were increased to forty items?

Explain your response, citing specific examples or research-based rationale for support.

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Some of you moved to Texas from out of state while others graduated from high schools long ago. Experiencing the “Real Thing” is worthwhile. This assignment is designed to give you a first-hand experience of the most current standardized tests in Texas.

The current set of tests, STAAR, was first implemented in Spring 2012 to gradually replace TAKS, which many of you may remember taking. This link Released STAAR Tests will provide access to released forms for the STAAR test.

Your task:
1.Take one released test that is most in line with the K-12 textbook of your choice in Module One.
2.If you cannot find any released test for your subject and grade level (such as music), use your judgment to choose a closest one. For instance, you may take third grade reading tests in place of early childhood or bilingual.
3.In a properly formatted 1-2 page reflection, address each of the following:
◦Tell which test you took.
◦Tell how you did in the test.
◦How is the difficulty level of the test? Is the test too hard? Is it too easy?
◦Other critiques. Too long? Too much reading?
◦Is it different from the tests you took when in school?
◦In your opinion, how is the validity of the test? Use the vocabulary from Chapter 4 in your discussion.
◦In your opinion, how is the reliability of the test? Use the vocabulary from Chapter 5 in your discussion.

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