Item analysis can serve as a useful tool in improvingmultiple-choice questions used in Extension programming. It can identify gaps between instruction and assessment. An item analysis of Mississippi Master Cattle Producer program multiple-choice examination responses was performed to determine the difficulty of individual examinations, assess the effectiveness of distractors for individual items, and identify specific topics appropriate for placing further educational emphasis. Specific problems with items and distractors with examinations were identified and slated for revision. The item analysis results were then combined with program participant feedback to provide further insight into the instructional needs of Extension clientele.
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Parish, J. A., & Karisch, B. B. (2013). Application of Item Analysis to Assess Multiple-Choice Examinations in the Mississippi Master Cattle Producer Program. The Journal of Extension, 51(5), Article 29. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.51.05.29