What is an Item Bank?
An Item Bank is a virtual storage program for test questions and other test design elements. Item banks don't keep store tests themselves. Rather, a well structured bank helps educators design tests with flexibility and efficiency. A good item bank reduces the time and effort needed for test design by organizing and digitizing the necessary tools. However, the costs of creating an item bank are high, and institutions should make sure they can spare the necessary money and work hours before they create one.
Item Banking in education
Item banks offer advantages beyond their role as a time-saver for educators. They can also help teachers evaluate student progress more efficiently. Item banks have two major features which contribute to this:
- Categorized tests and items
- Reduction of paperwork