ERIC Number: EJ542105
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1996
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Cut Scores and Testing: Statistics, Judgment, Truth, and Error.
Dwyer, Carol Anne
Psychological Assessment, v8 n4 p360-62 Dec 1996
The uses and abuses of cut scores are examined. The article demonstrates (1) that cut scores always entail judgment; (2) that cut scores inherently result in misclassification; (3) that cut scores impose an artificial dichotomy on an essentially continuous distribution of knowledge, skill, or ability; and (4) that no true cut scores exist. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Journal Articles
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Note: Special section titled "What Every Psychologist Should Know about Assessment." A version of this article was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (New York, NY, August 1995).