Standard Setting

Authored by: Gregory J. Cizek

Handbook of Test Development

Print publication date:  January  2006
Online publication date:  April  2011

Print ISBN: 9780805852646
eBook ISBN: 9780203874776
Adobe ISBN: 9781135283384


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This chapter describes one of the most visible and critical elements in the test development process: the setting of performance standards (i.e., cut scores). The first portion of the chapter presents background on the concept and theory of standard setting. The second section presents a brief description of the contexts in which standard setting occurs. The third section provides and overview of common, foundational elements that are part of nearly all standard setting procedures. The fourth, and most extensive, section comprises detailed treatment of several commonly-used standard setting procedures.

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