High-quality assessment is an essential and integral part of any educational process; we cannot separate it from learning and teaching… “Assessment drives learning.” This classic statement by George E. Miller (1919–1998) succinctly encapsulates the central role of assessment in any form of education. Effective student assessment can only drive learning, but effective assessment will appropriately answer the question: “How well does the individual perform?”. To ensure the effectiveness of the assessment process, rigorous and continuous steps and observations must be followed. These multiple steps and observations are necessary to avoid or compensate for any flaws that may occur in the entire assessment process. The steps begin by identifying the purpose of the assessment, followed by the selection of the learning outcomes (LOs) to be assessed in specific exams, and then by designing the test blueprint, followed by selecting and writing test items aligned with the LOs. The final step is to evaluate the quality of the exam through item analysis to detect poorly performing or poorly developed test items and to ensure assessment quality through psychometric analysis.
The aim of this course is to train faculty members in health colleges on applying a six-step approach for standardizing student assessment in their courses to ensure assessment effectiveness.