ERIC Number: ED171775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Setting Performance Standards.
Popham, W. James
Guidelines for setting performance standards for minimum competency testing are suggested. Because qualitative judgments are involved, certain options should be considered, such as periodic reviews and necessary revisions of standards; use of experience-based rather than arbitrary standards; and thorough consideration of standards, even if the process is time-consuming. Major factors to examine in setting standards are the contextual considerations and particular target groups; the objectives to be attained; the gathering of relevant performance data in order to set realistic standards; an awareness of the preferences of interested groups; and the value of separate or aggregate standards. Procedures available for setting standards include: (1) informed judgment model; (2) borderline group methods; (3) contrasting groups model; (4) Nedelsky's methods; and (5) Angoff adaptation. (MH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Competency Based Education, Cutting Scores, Decision Making, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Guidelines, Minimum Competency Testing, Models, Student Evaluation, Testing Problems
Instructional Objectives Exchange, P.O. Box 24095, Los Angeles, California 90024 ($3.95)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Instructional Objectives Exchange, Los Angeles, CA.