ERIC Number: ED212673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Proficiency Standards and Cut-Scores for Language Proficiency Tests.
Moy, Raymond H.
The problem of standard setting on language proficiency tests is often approached by the use of norms derived from the group being tested, a process commonly known as "grading on the curve." One particular problem with this ad hoc method of standard setting is that it will usually result in a fluctuating standard dependent on the particular group being tested. In this paper, four main steps are presented in the setting of a non-arbitrary cut-score. They are: (1) checking to see that the test covers the abilities of the test population; (2) establishing a proficiency standard; (3) determining the best cut-score, given that there will be errors of placement; and (4) using external criteria for checking the proposed standards. Methods for carrying out each step are presented along with illustrative examples based on data from the UCLA English as a Second Language Placement Examination. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of TESOL (Detroit, MI, March 1981).