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item analysis, nursing education, nursing faculty, test construction, testing



  1. Bristol, Timothy J. PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
  2. Nelson, John W. PhD, RN
  3. Sherrill, Karin J. MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF
  4. Wangerin, Virginia S. PhD, RN, CNE


Developing valid and reliable test items is a critical skill for nursing faculty. This research analyzed the test item writing practice of 674 nursing faculty. Relationships between faculty characteristics and their test item writing practices were analyzed. Findings reveal variability in practice and a gap in implementation of evidence-based standards when developing and evaluating teacher-made examinations.