440 - Constructing, Publishing, Administering & Scoring Tests for Nursing Education

This is the fourth course offered as part of the Assessment Series. The Assesssment Series is intended to provide educators and administrators with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to design, develop, publish, administer, and evaluate assessments for nursing students.

Registration fee: $150.00

Upcoming Dates: Spring 2022

Prerequisites and Target Audience

There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

This web-based seminar is for all nursing educators who construct, publish, administer, and score assessments.


The purpose of this course is to prepare educators to construct, publish, administer, and score assessments.

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the course are as follows. Upon seminar completion, participants will be able to:

  • Create and follow a test blueprint.
  • Construct a test to be valid, reliable, precise, and fair.
  • Publish a highly usable test.
  • Administer a fair test that minimizes cheating potential and optimizes student performance.
  • Score a test to produce valid, reliable, and usable scores.
  • Provide useful feedback to students about their performance.


The 440 Course contains 3 hours of lecture, discussion, and learning activities. Participants are expected to independently complete a 30-minute end-of-course assessment immediately after the course concludes.

Continuing Education

3.5 contact hours are awarded through the Alabama Board of Nursing (Provider Number ABNP1516 Expires 2/4/2025) to all individuals completing the seminar and the end-of-course assessment.



The topics covered during the 440 Course are:

  1. Test Blueprint
    1. Content
    2. Difficulty
    3. Size
    4. Cognitive Level
  2. Test Construction
    1. Reliability
    2. Validity
    3. Precision/Error
    4. Fairness
    5. Linking
  3. Test Publishing
    1. QC
    2. Modality / Display Issues
    3. Language Issues
  4. Test Administration
    1. Controlled Conditions
    2. Construct Irrelevant Factors
    3. Accommodations
    4. Cheating Prevention
    5. Administration time
  5. Scoring
    1. Grading Rubrics
    2. Partial Credit
    3. Norms
    4. Score Comparability
  6. Rasch Modeling
    1. Reporting
    2. Score Reports
    3. Providing Student Feedback