Item Analysis Workshop

Item Analysis Workshop

The purpose of this activity is to enable participants to learn how to use item analysis data to refine the quality of faculty written items for classroom tests. Additionally, participants will learn a method to structure single-response (e.g. multiple-choice, hot spot) and multiple-response (e.g. ordered-response, multiple-select) data for an item analysis process.

Session Objectives
Following this session, participants will learn:

  • What item and option statistics can be calculated to interpret how items perform and how to interpret the statistics
  • How to organize item data for single-select and multiple-select items for an item analysis of all item types
  • Participate in presenter-guided item review meetings of their own exam data or example data provided to learn how to update items based upon item and option statistics
  • Participate in a group discussion of what each group found easy or difficult about the exercises.


Christine Mills

Christine M. Mills, PhD, has worked in the field of psychometrics for 15 years. Currently, she is the Director of Research and Applied Psychometrics for Ascend Learning. She is passionate about working with clients to help them understand the processes for building products and assessments so clients have the information they need to make valid inferences based upon the scores they receive.

Lois Churchill

Lois Churchill, MN, RN, is a nurse educator with more than 30 years of experience, teaching at both the RN and PN level. She has been the director of two large nursing programs, the Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College Associate Degree Program and the Johnson County Community College Practical Nursing Program (Overland Park, Kan.). Churchill also has experience in the regulatory arena of health care. She was the Associate Director of Nursing Practice for the Iowa Board of Nursing and the Bureau Chief for Professional Licensure for the Iowa Department of Public Health. During her tenure with the Board of Nursing, she successfully promoted legislation to pass the Nurse Licensure Compact in her state. As Bureau Chief for Professional Licensure, she was recognized as the Iowa Department of Public Leader of the Year. Churchill was first introduced to writing NCLEX-style test items while serving on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Item Writing Subcommittee. She has been a nursing education consultant since 2008, writing and reviewing items for ATI Nursing assessments at both the RN and PN level. Churchill enjoys providing consultation services for faculty across the nation on the topics of item writing, item analysis and test blueprinting. Churchill volunteers in the Johnson County Community College adult literacy program, helping adult students learn to speak, read, and write English.