ERIC Number: ED467846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Setting Cut Scores on Large-Scale Assessments. The State Board Connection Issues in Brief.
National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.
This Brief builds on the work of the National Association of State Boards of Education 1997 Study Group on State Assessment Systems by examining one of the state board actions that is most likely to capture the publics attention: setting cut scores on state assessments. This process involves a large measure of human judgment and politics and a sense of what the system will bear, as well as statistical principles. There are methods and practices that policymakers should understand in order to have as valid and reliable a system as possible. Test-centered, examinee-centered, and compromise methods are reviewed. It must be recognized that all methods of setting cut scores are technically imperfect, and that standards need to be clear. Choosing the most effective method of setting cut scores depends on the context of state standards and the format of state tests. (Contains 11 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: CTB / McGraw-Hill, Monterey, CA.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.