ERIC Number: ED448196
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
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A Comparison of the Angoff and Bookmark Standard Setting Methods.
Buckendahl, Chad W.; Smith, Russ W.; Impara, James C.; Plake, Barbara S.
This paper presents a comparison of two commonly used methods, Angoff (W. Angoff, 1971) and Bookmark (D. Lewis, H. Mitzel, and D. Green, 1996), for setting cut scores on selected response tests. This comparison is presented through an application to a grade 7 mathematics assessment in a suburban Midwestern school district. Training and operational methods and procedures for each method are described in detail along with comparative results for the application. Although the Angoff method is more widely used, the Bookmark method has several strengths. It provides judges with an opportunity to focus on performance of the "Barely Proficient" students without worrying about estimating item difficulty. It also may be a more efficient method in terms of the length of time it takes for judges to make their bookmark placements. When results were compared, the recommended cut scores provided by the two methods were very similar, with the Bookmark method producing a lower standard deviation. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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