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Essay Assessment Type

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Essay Assessment Type

  1. 1. Essay Questions<br />The Good, the Bad, and the…<br />
  2. 2. What are Essay Questions? <br />Supply or constructed response type questions <br />Best way to measure the students' higher order thinking skills<br />Provides a measure of writing skills<br />Aligned with objectives and instruction<br />Should be used only when other types of questions cannot measure accomplishment of the objective(s)<br />
  3. 3. The Good <br />Essay questions can be constructed by the teacher fairly quickly<br />Fewer essay question are needed to cover content<br />Appropriate when there is some concern about test security<br />Eliminate guessing by students<br />
  4. 4. The Bad<br />Scoring can be time-consuming<br />Grading can be subjective and unreliable<br />Be aware of:<br />Becoming more lenient/critical<br />Focusing on handwriting, spelling, grammar, neatness, etc.<br />Grading based on the opinion that the student takes rather than their support of that opinion<br />
  5. 5. How do I write them?<br />Define the task as specifically as possible <br />Students should be able to tell how the item will be score  <br />Provide more than one essay item and let the student select which one to answer<br />The items may not be of similar difficulty   <br />Suggest a (reasonable) time or page limit for each essay question<br />Decide in advance what you are seeking in the answer<br />Write a model response and/or develop a scoring system that includes the information you will reward in the answer<br />
  6. 6. Why don’t you try…<br />Show understanding, explain<br />Explain in your own words the meaning of . . .<br />Explain in your own words what is meant by . . .<br />Describe an example of . . . <br />Explain what . . . meant when he said ". . . . “<br />Why did the . . .<br />Compare and/or contrast<br />Describe the similarities and differences between . . .<br />Compare the following/attached two methods for . . .<br />
  7. 7. …or try…<br />Classify, organize, or arrange items in sequence<br />Group the following items according to . . .<br />What do the following items have in common?<br />Predict, recognize cause and effect<br />What are the major causes of . . .?<br />What would be the most likely effects of . . .?<br />Synthesize, integrate data from multiple sources<br />Describe a plan for proving that . . .<br />Write a well-organized report that shows . . .<br />
  8. 8. As for higher level thinking skills?<br />✓DONE<br />That’s what essay questions are all about!<br />
  9. 9. Many thanks to…<br />Alabama Professional Development Modules<br />http://web.utk.edu/~mccay/apdm/essay/essay_a.htm<br />