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I have been asked to look at some item analysis statistics from Canvas. The discrimination numbers make no sense to me. For example, the class is composed of 74 students, and 99% of the class answer the question correctly, but the DI is given as 0.65.  In another question (same class), 99% of the students answer correctly but now the DI is given as 0.1.  Can anyone explain to me where these numbers are coming from?  I know how to calculate both point biserial and DI manually, but have not done either yet.


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Hello @CatherineFuller 

If you think the calculations are wrong, you should contact Canvas Support and they can look at the specifics of your quiz setup and item analysis. Here is the Canvas guide:

How do I view reports for a quiz in New Quizzes? - Instructure Community - 619

Specifically, Canvas has a good explanation and breakdown of how the DI is calculated:

New Quizzes Quiz and Item Analysis - Instructure Community - 580197  

Hopefully this helps. 

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