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ERIC Number: ED500311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov-22
Pages: 368
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-4129-1682-0
Standard Setting: A Guide to Establishing and Evaluating Performance Standards on Tests
Cizek, Gergory J.; Bunch, Michael B.
SAGE Publications (CA)
The authors provide a reference on how to set standards on tests in education, licensure, and certification. This book is comprehensive in scope, practical in nature, and definitive in terms of cataloguing the essential conceptual and procedural fundamentals of setting performance standards. It: (1) Offers a detailed description of procedures; (2) Enables readers to design, implement, and evaluate a standard setting study; and (3) Allows readers to adapt written materials to their situation. The book includes downloadable forms, sample correspondence, checklists, data sets, and analytical software for performing calculations required for various standard setting procedures. It is intended as a supplementary textbook for graduate courses such as Applied Measurement in Education; Psychometric Theory; Advanced Educational Measurement; Special Topics in Measurement and Evaluation; Seminar in Educational and Psychological Measurement in the departments of Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation, Psychology, and others. Three sections include sixteen chapters. Section I, Fundamentals of Standard Setting, includes: (1) Contemporary Standard Setting: An Enduring Need; (2) What Is Standard Setting?; and (3) Common Elements in Setting Performance Standards. Section II, Standard Setting Methods, presents: (4) The Nedelsky Method; (5) The Ebel Method; (6) The Angoff Method and Angoff Variations; (7) The Direct Consensus Method; (8) The Contrasting Groups and Borderline Group Methods; (9) The Body of Work and Other Holistic Methods; (10) The Bookmark Method; (11) The Item-Descriptor Matching Method; and (12) The Hofstee and Beuk Methods. Section III, Challenges and Future Directions in Standard Setting, concludes with: (13) Scheduling Standard Setting Activities; (14) Vertically-Moderated Standard Setting; (15) Standard Setting on Alternate Assessments; and (16) Special Topics and Next Steps.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students
Language: English
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