Item Writers are responsible for writing and revising assessment items (multiple-choice questions) for Medical Education basic science courses according to the Office of Assessment and Evaluation standards. The role requires content expertise in the basic sciences. Item Writers report to an Item Bank Curator and are supervised by the Director of Assessment for Years 1&2 (preclinical assessment).
Responsibilities Related to Process and Security Standards
Participates in paid training - attend Item Writer Training Workshop(s)
Accesses and saves materials from the secure Box storage site
Maintains confidentiality - writer will not work on any materials designed for practicing or familiarizing students or teachers with the content of the assessments outside of the materials to be developed specifically for the Item Bank project
Submits items according to the due dates provided and includes the suggested art, rationales or rubrics and exemplars, and source information, as appropriate
Responds to project lead within 24 hours to make plans for edits and revisions
Responsibilities Related to Content Standards
Writes acceptable passage-dependent and stand-alone multiple-choice items to assess important concepts/ideas represented in the assigned benchmarks or course objectives provided by the Office of Assessment and Evaluation in consultation with faculty. Items will:
be clear, concise, and free from idiomatic expressions, grammatical errors, bias, and stereotyping information
be content-level appropriate for medical students in difficulty, readability, and interest measure the skill and expectation for which they are written
have the specified number of answer choices that are parallel (contain plausible, but incorrect options)
have only one correct answer
not clue other items
Writes rationales for both the correct and incorrect answers, using provided templates.
Provides documentation from both the primary and secondary sources including citations.
Checks for style agreement per the project style guide, editorial guidelines, and item creation requirements.
Provides comments/feedback as directed by the Director of Assessment or Item Bank Editor.
Second, third, or fourth year medical student
Desire or interest in improving medical education assessment content
Desire to write and improve items based on psychometric data
Ability to follow style guidelines and use the provided templates
Advanced skills in Microsoft Word and Excel
Attention to Detail
Item writing experience
Experience as a teaching assistant, tutor, or classroom teacher
Internal Number: 338009
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