Collaborative, Secure Item Banking: The Foundation of Quality Assessments
Effectively manage teams of item writers, track items through a customized workflow, and store historical metadata
We make it easier to manage and publish exams
Role - and Content - Based Security
Create & manage users; assign to specific roles, such as Item Author or Test Scheduler; limit them to specific item banks
Customized Blueprints & Standards
Upload your own standards or blueprints and assign items to them; create any custom fields you need.
Easy-to-use Item Authoring
Nearly limitless possibilities of item types, formats, and configurations – but with a WYSIWYG editor that anyone can use.
Automated Item Generation
Produce quality templates, efficiently produce item variants, grow your item bank with minimal effort
Define fields on which you require input from reviewers, driving quality control and collaboration
Automated Standard Setting
Gather Angoff ratings for defensible standard setting, export for analysis of inter-rater reliability.
Define a workflow process for your items to ensure top quality content. Manage the process with an engaging Kanban Board approach.
Publish Online, Paper, or QTI
Endless configurations for test assembly and delivery options; publish into our platform or test centers.
What is Item Banking?
Item Banking refers to the development and management of a large pool of
high-quality test questions. Items are treated as reusable objects, which allows you to more efficiently publish new test forms. Items are stored with extensive historical metadata to drive validity.
Then what? Well, once you publish test forms, you can immediately deliver on our integrated digital assessment platform, print to paper, or export the items for delivery elsewhere.
Collaboratively Develop & Manage Large Item Banks
Automated Item Generation
Create item templates based on cognitive models developed by your subject matter experts. Define what is variable and what is held constant. Export for review before migration to your active item banking module.
Research has shown that automated item generation can drastically increase the size of your item bank, enhancing security. Research also found that it increases item quality (discrimination statistics) because item writers think more effectively about the structure of the item.
Best Practice in Workflow Management: Kanban Boards
Define the “swimlanes” or columns/phases of your item review process. Assign users to review items, based on custom review fields that you create. Admins then manage items through the process, before being considered Live. This ensures that only the highest quality items make it to the exam, and you have validity documentation of why.
The Kanban Board is regarded as one of the best approaches for project and task management. It is used by most software designed for those topics outside the assessment field – from Trello to Asana to JIRA – with good reason. This visual tracking of task progress and completion allows for more effective management, and our landmark platform allows you to apply this to the item banking process, driving team efficiency and item bank quality.
Customized Item Review
Users are shown a preview of the item, and all review fields that require their input, before they submit their assignment. You can assign items ahead of time, and even send email notifications with due dates!
Items are not born perfect. They almost always require some editing. By ensuring that they go through stages of review, you provide a quality assurance pathway that enhances item quality.