ERIC Number: ED465818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb-21
Reference Count: N/A
Establishing Proficiency Levels for the Delaware Student Testing Program in Science and Social Studies, Grades 4 & 6. Report and Recommendations to the Delaware State Board of Education.
Delaware State Dept. of Education, Dover. Assessment and Accountability Branch.
This document contains the results of a standard setting conducted in January 2002 on the Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) Science and Social Studies tests at grades 4 and 6. Each standard setting process entailed convening four groups, one for each grade level and content area, and each group met for 2 days. At the standard setting judges were asked to recommend only the cut point between Below the Standard and Meets the Standard, and the cut point between Meets the Standard and Exceeds the Standard. Judges were asked only to recommend two of the necessary four cut points because the cognitive overload of setting four distinct cuts was too much to accomplish in 2 days. The Department of Education used the results to calculate the remaining two cut points using the cuts established by the judges and the standard error measure to do so. Judges were asked to think of the cut point between Meets the Standard and Below the Standard as the line that delineates students whose performance is good enough from those who might need additional help. This distinction is important because it differs from a cut point that might distinguish failing from passing students. Five appendixes contain information about the judges, a data comparison with the previous year, disaggregations of data, and a survey of standard setting participants. (Contains 6 figures and 13 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Cutting Scores, Judges, Standard Setting, State Programs, State Standards, Testing Programs
For full text: http://www.doe.state.de.us/aab.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Delaware State Dept. of Education, Dover. Assessment and Accountability Branch.
Identifiers - Location: Delaware
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Delaware Student Testing Program