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  Course Details
What Makes a Test Good or Bad?
Course Level: Intermediate
Course Type: Distance
CPD Long Term:
CPD Credit Hours: Hours: 2 Minutes: 0
  Event Address

  Contact Details
Provider: Patoss
Course Manager: Mrs Sheila Rostill
Telephone: 01386 257808
Email: srostill@patoss-dyslexia.org
Website: www.patoss-dyslexia.org
  Event Details
Dates: 12/10/2021 - 12/10/2022
Times: N/A - N/A
No. of Delegates: Unlimited
Delegate Price: GBP 60.00
SASC Ref.: PAT-15907-121021-OL
   Audience Restriction
Members: £60 non~Members £70
   Course Summary
Sets out a process for evaluating tests and your use of them, to make maximum use of their strengths and to avoid making diagnoses on the basis of inaccurate information.
   Course Detail

This online session is designed for any specialist teacher who may be using tests within a diagnostic assessment. It sets out a process for evaluating tests and your use of them, to make maximum use of their strengths and to avoid making diagnoses on the basis of inaccurate information

Course Description

Most tests have strengths and weaknesses. Good tests can become bad ones if used incorrectly. The webinar will begin with a presentation that covers how each of the following can have an impact upon results:

  • The test's target assessee.
  • My own assessee – is this different in any way from the target assessee? If so, what impact might this have?
  • The test's purpose.
  • My own purpose in using the test - is this different in any way from the test's purpose? If so, what impact might this have?
  • The type of data produced (qualitative or quantitative, and subtle variations in the type of data provided within each of these categories).
  • How I am using that data? Am I using it in a way that is appropriate?
  • The test's design – how does it explore and evaluate the core construct, and how will variations in design affect outcomes?
  • How the test fits within my assessment design – what will it contribute to my diagnostic decision?

At the end of the presentation you will be encouraged to reflect on what you have learnt, apply the evaluation process to tests you use, and share your reflections interactively with other delegates.

In the course delegates will consider in detail:

  • Differences between tests used for planning and monitoring interventions, and tests used for making diagnostic decisions
  • Ways in which the design of a test can affect results and outcomes

Ways in which the assessor's use of the test can affect results and outcome

   CPD Themes
  • Reviewing principles of psychometrics, statistics, assessment and underlying theory
  • SpLD testing methods, interpretation, report writing, feedback and test materials
  • Assessors
  • Support
  • Level 5 or equivalent in teaching individuals with SpLDs.
   Learning Outcomes
  • a process for evaluating their own use of tests
  • a better understanding as to why some tests are suitable for diagnostic assessments whilst others are not
  • the opportunity to share reflections with other delegates