450 - Constructing, Administering, Scoring & Evaluating Assessments for Nursing Education

This is the fifth 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: Tuesday February 14, 2023 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

Delivered by Daniel Wilson and Brian "Wyetta" Bontempo, Ph.D., Founder and Principal Consultant with Mountain Measurement, Inc. More info about the faculty members teaching this course is available in the faculty section of the "Find out More" page.

Prerequisites and Target Audience

There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

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


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

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Follow a test blueprint.
  • Construct a test to maximize validity, reliability, precision, and fairness.
  • 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 on a test.
  • Evaluate the validity, reliability, precision, and fairness of a test.


The 450 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 course and the end-of-course assessment.



The topics covered during the 450 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 & Reporting
    1. Grading Rubrics
    2. Partial Credit
    3. Norms
    4. Score Comparability
    5. Score Reports
    6. Providing Student Feedback
  6. Evaluating a Test
    1. Evaluating Test Performance: Validity, Reliability, & Precision
    2. Evaluating Item Performance: Difficulty, Fit, Usage
    3. Evaluating Option Performance: Difficulty, Fit, Usage
    4. Evaluating Fairness and Sensitivity