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Valid and Reliable Assessments

How does a teacher determine if an assessment is valid and reliable? Are teacher made tests usually valid and reliable? Here is a scenario for you to consider:

A teacher tells the class they are going to take a test and that they need to clear their desk. The teacher hands out the test and then tells the class, "For question 23 please select C because we have not yet reviewed that information, for question 37 select D because I don't really understand that question, and for 65 select B because B and D are the same answer. You have 30 minutes to take the test." Is this test valid and reliable?

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The test is valid and reliable under the following conditions. Every student is informed of the discrepancy with questions 23, 37 and 65. If any student is out of the room when the instructions are given, is ...

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The test is valid and reliable under the following conditions. Every student is informed of the discrepancy with questions 23, 37 and 65. If any student is out of the room when the instructions are given, is distracted or has an IEP (Individual Education Plan) that lists steps to compensate for a hearing issue and the teacher does not meet the IEP's design then the test is invalid.

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