ERIC Number: ED246073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Are Correction for Guessing and Nedelsky's Standard Setting Method Compatible?
Melican, Gerald; Plake, Barbara S.
The validity of combining a correction for guessing with the Nedelsky-based cutscore was investigated. A five option multiple choice Mathematics Achievement Test was used in the study. Items were selected to meet several criteria. These included: the capability of measuring mathematics concepts related to performance in introductory statistics; the requirement of a maximum of high school level mathematics to complete the question; and items which made up a test with satisfactory reliability. Results indicated that minimally competent examinees tended to omit those items identified as "omit" items based on judges' ratings. The study suggested that the effect of applying the correction for guessing to a Nedelsky cutscore may not be too severe. Instructions which require examinees to physically eliminate alternatives that they know are incorrect for each item may decrease the tendency for some examinees to omit items for which they have partial knowledge. This change in test taking behavior of some examinees may increase the range of minimally competent candidates for whom the corrected for guessing adjusted cutscore is appropriate. (DWH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Correction for Guessing; Nedelsky Method
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (New Orleans, LA, April 24-26, 1984).