ERIC Number: ED190606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Two Ways of Setting Passing Scores Based on the Nedelsky Procedure. Publication Series in Mastery Testing.
Saunders, Joseph C.; And Others
Two- and three-category versions of Nedelsky's procedure for setting minimum passing scores, based on item content, were compared. Graduate students acting as judges classified the response options on their midterm into two categories: (1) those which should be rejected as incorrect by a minimally performing (B average) student; and (2) those which should not. Another group of classmates was also allowed to categorize options as undecided. Comparisons of the resulting sets of passing scores were made on the basis of (1) the raw distributions of passing scores; (2) the consistency of pass-fail decisions between the two versions; and (3) the consistency of pass-fail decisions between each version and the passing score established by the test designer. The two versions produced essentially equivalent results. There was, in addition, a significant relationship between the passing score set by a judge and that judge's level of achievement on the midterm. (Author/CP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Univ., Columbia. School of Education.
Identifiers: Interrater Reliability; Nedelsky Method
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Norfolk, VA, March 5-9, 1980).