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OF THE ITEM BANKING SYSTEM
Managing the item
banking system overall is accomplished using the Utilities Screen. From
this screen, the managerial and administrative functions of maintaining
items, statistics, test forms and the SMT-Bank system itself are accessed
by the user.
- The Search
feature allows the user to list all items that contain a user-defined
textual word or phrase, and is very useful when the user needs to update
all items within a bank containing specific content.
- The Delete
Report function is used by the user to clear out reports (e.g.
an old Item Grid Report) from storage after it is no longer needed or
- The Form File
Utilities feature allows the user to delete old test form files,
create and delete pointer files using master item banking numbers for
each item, and other maintenance tasks associated with form files.
- The Import
Stats function enables the user to update the statistics stored
with each item in a particular item bank (interacts with SMT-Score?
scoring module discussed later).
- The Percent
Overlap Report feature enables the user to obtain percentages of
commonality between two particular test forms.
- The Update
Master Scoring Keys attribute enables the user to manage (print,
change, and arrange) the keys associated with specific test forms.
- The Password
Maintenance utility allows the system manager to add or remove
new user permissions.
- A pointer file
is a test form file that not only designates the item number or position
on that particular test, but also designates the Master Item Bank Number
for each of these items. The Create a Pointer File feature
us used to create, delete and manage pointer files.
- The Items
With No Stats function enables the user to create a list of all
the items contained in an item bank or on a test form, which do not
contain item statistics. This feature is typically used to identify
items which are good candidates for statistical pretesting on active
- The Item Tracking
and Transfer Items From Bank To Bank utilities enable the user
to monitor the performance of specific items and to move or copy them
from one item bank into another item bank.
- The View Critical
Items Report feature enables the user to enter statistical parameters
and request a list of all items meeting these criteria. For example,
the user could ask for a list of all items which have Rbis (Biserial
Correlation Index) values that are less than .25, or other similar criteria.
- The Author
Table feature allows the user to create a comprehensive list of
all the authors registered in the system with each individual items.
- The SMT-Write
Upload utility enables the user to import items into the item bank,
having been written by authors at remote locations, without the need
to conduct manual typing or re-entry of item text and associated information.
SMT-Write? is companion software (discussed later) designed to support
remote item writers, who can employ the software to store, edit and
then submit items to the item bank manager for upload into the SMT-Bank?
- Finally, the IRT
Form File Print function facilitates the management of test forms
using IRT statistical parameters.