Ghost Blueprints: Using Secondary Classification Systems to Manage Content Diversity During Exam Assembly
Thursday, November 16 from 1 pm – 2 pm ET
Have you wanted to increase content diversity on your exams? Secondary classification systems are here to help!
After going through an extensive JTA and developing a meticulous blueprint, you may still feel like your exam needs more. Whether your content outline needs to be expanded or there are additional criteria that need to be considered, secondary blueprints can help you ensure that your exams meet your expectations.
Many Meazure Learning clients have found creative ways to incorporate secondary classifications into their item banks and exams, and they have used the classifications to diversify their exam forms. Whether addressing cognitive levels, geographical regions, or specific item topics, these classifications allow our test development team to build exams that cover the “right” content in the “right” amount.
Join this session to hear test development specialists and certification professionals discuss the advantages (and possible disadvantages) of incorporating secondary classification systems into item banks and exams. Session participants will discover the difference between primary and secondary classification systems—and how they affect the exam blueprint. By the end of the session, participants will have a better understanding of how secondary classifications can solve common exam content problems.
Jennifer Hatch has been a Senior Assessment Development Specialist at Meazure Learning since 2011. In this role, Mrs. Hatch trains subject matter experts in developing quality examination items for high-stakes, competency-based examinations; reviews items for psychometric integrity; manages examination item banks; assembles examinations according to the test specifications; and facilitates examination review and test publishing activities. Mrs. Hatch is a member of I.C.E.’s Microvolunteer Taskforce. Mrs. Hatch came to Meazure Learning with a wealth of experience in science education and instructional design. Prior to joining Meazure Learning, Mrs. Hatch served as a senior instructional designer, authoring content for grades K-12 and managing and collaborating with subject matter experts about content, curriculum development, instructional methodologies, and custom, state, and national alignments. She also served as a science teacher at a district high school with diverse student abilities, planning and implementing lessons for physics, chemistry, and earth science. Mrs. Hatch holds a Master of Science degree in Applied Physics—Astrogeology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Merged Physics and Astronomy, both from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Michelle Gowans has served as an Assessment Development Manager at Meazure Learning since 2016. In this role, Ms. Gowans trains subject matter experts in developing quality examination items for high-stakes, competency-based examinations; reviews items for psychometric integrity; manages examination item banks; assembles examinations according to the test specifications; and facilitates examination review and test publishing activities. Prior to joining Meazure Learning, Ms. Gowans served as a special education teacher for over six years. She is skilled at facilitating discussions with diverse populations and has a passion for problem-solving and using data to help individuals and groups reach their objectives. Ms. Gowans is a member of I.C.E.’s Microvolunteer Taskforce. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Special Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Sandy Williams has worked for the American Bankers Association (ABA) for over 29 years. Developed by experts in the financial services industry, ABA certifications are acknowledged industry-wide as the symbol of excellence in banking skills and knowledge. ABA promotes continuous career development for bankers through a wide range of job-specific professional certifications in six areas - compliance, wealth management and trust, risk management and bank marketing. As Senior Director of Exams, Sandy has an important role in managing over 80 volunteers who are split among 6 Advisory Boards and 6 Working Groups, and serves as the liaison between ABA and the team at Meazure Learning.
Leeann Manlove is a Credentialing Specialist at Regulator Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS). She plays an integral part in overseeing the Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) program, which is the leading post-academic professional credential for regulatory professionals in the healthcare product sector, and in developing new certifications that will shape the future of the regulatory profession. Her previous work as a certification project manager and exam developer has provided her with a wealth of knowledge and expertise, which she brings to her role to ensure the development of high-quality and relevant certifications for regulatory professionals. With over 13 years of experience working with non-profit organizations and certifications, Mrs. Manlove brings a unique perspective to her work at RAPS, ensuring that the certifications developed are of high quality and meet the industry's needs.