ERIC Number: ED227113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Passing Scores: A Manual for Setting Standards of Performance on Educational and Occupational Tests.
Livingston, Samuel A.; Zieky, Michael J.
This manual is written for the individual responsible for choosing the passing score on an educational or occupational test. It concentrates on practical advice to help select and apply a method for choosing the passing score. Decisions, standards, and judgments are defined and discussed in terms of considerations in choosing a passing score method. Three how-to-do-it sections discuss methods based on judgments about (1) test questions, (2) individual test-takers, and (3) groups of test-takers. A section on choosing a standard-setting method contains recommendations for choosing among the previously presented methods. Social and political issues related to passing scores are discussed. Helpful hints provide practical advice to increase the probability that the passing scores will be accepted. A bibliography, limited to works published since July 1981 dealing with the problem of setting standards, is presented. Additional calculations required by the correction for guessing are included in the appendix. (Author/PN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Cutting Scores, Educational Testing, Evaluation Criteria, Minimum Competency Testing, Occupational Tests, Political Issues, Specifications, Standard Setting (Scoring), Standardized Tests, Test Manuals
Educational Testing Service, Box 2885, Princeton, NJ 08541 ($7.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: Angoff Methods; Ebel Method; Nedelsky Method