NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ933685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1531-7714
Recommending Cut Scores with a Subset of Items: An Empirical Illustration
Buckendahl, Chad W.; Ferdous, Abdullah A.; Gerrow, Jack
Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, v15 n6 May 2010
Many testing programs face the practical challenge of having limited resources to conduct comprehensive standard setting studies. Some researchers have suggested that replicating a group's recommended cut score on a full-length test may be possible by using a subset of the items. However, these studies were based on simulated data. This study describes a standard setting application using two independent panels providing judgments on a 300-item licensure test. Specifically, one panel provided judgments on all 300 items; whereas the second panel made judgments on a randomly-selected subset of 150 items. Both panels also participated in an alternate standard setting method to evaluate panel comparability. Results suggest caution for practitioners considering using subsets of items for standard setting studies. (Contains 4 tables and 1 footnote.)
Dr. Lawrence M. Rudner. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada