Item & Test Development

Leverage our expertise, experience, and innovation to build your assessment items.


High quality content. Highly qualified content specialists.

Pacific Metrics offers a full range of item and assessment content development services supported by the critical functions of field testing, data review, form construction, and the review and maintenance of item banks. Our team of item and test developers includes highly qualified subject matter experts in mathematics, reading and language arts, science, and social studies. Many are former classroom teachers and all bring a deep knowledge of academic standards and best practices in item development to the challenge of creating assessment items and tests that accurately measure knowledge and address the many ways students approach and respond to test items.

We develop test items guided by both Evidenced-Centered and Universal Design principles and our items and tests are aligned with critical standards to support specific state and client needs.

Pacific Metrics is an Ongoing Preferred Content Development Partner for the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

Working both in the U.S. and globally, Pacific Metrics developed content for Australia’s National Assessment Program, and for the country’s National Assessment and Surveys Online Program (NASOP), developing items that link to the Australian Curriculum.  Our work encompasses reading, numeracy and language conventions and also includes developing innovative technology enhanced items that can be machine-scored.

Innovative item creation sets a new course for more successful assessment design.

We excel in innovation and we are deeply committed to improving education. We continually strive to create new, more effective ways to measure learning. The growing demand for online, multimedia, interactive assessment items has motivated our team to accelerate its capabilities in delivering a range of items that can include:

  • Audio and/or video stimuli
  • Spoken responses
  • Web searches
  • Fill-in-the-blank
  • Drag-and-drop
  • Graphic organizers
  • Select object
  • Hotspot
  • Drop-down menus
  • Select and/or reorder text
  • Select and change text
  • Graphing and data representation


We develop items in all formats so clients can address their true measurement objectives.

Based on our clients’ specific item needs and objectives, we develop content across a broad range of QTI and APIP compatible formats, including:

  • Multiple-choice
  • Short-answer
  • Constructed Response
  • Extended Response Item Sets/Tasks
  • Writing Prompts
  • Technology-enhanced Items
  • Consulting to develop and design test blueprints

We also provide item bank analysis services to ensure quality and currency of your item banks. This service includes review of item relevance and accessibility. We support both summative and formative assessment pools.

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