Setting Performance Standards

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This book provides the most up-to-date and definite source of information currently available on setting performance standards. Chapters are grouped by common themes and provide diverse readers—educators, researchers, and policymakers— ready access to the specific aspects of standard setting that interest them.

Part I presents perspectives on the nature and role of standard setting, focusing primarily on theoretical concerns. Part II provides practical details on various methods of standard setting and addresses such problems as how to identify and train participants in the standard-setting process. Part III covers the lingering dilemmas in standard setting that perplex theorists and practitioners.

By design, this book reflects the key aspects that dominate standard setting today and which are likely to do so in the coming years. Overall, it provides practitioners, scholars, and policymakers with the tools and perspectives that might fruitfully be applied to the challenges of standard setting today and to the unknown challenges that lie ahead.

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Editorial Reviews

A collection of essays defining and exploring the process of setting performance standards, especially for education, licensure, certification, and credentialing. Authors cover theoretical foundations and practical methodologies, and present current perspectives on legal issues, validation, social significance, and applications for special populations and computer-adaptive testing. Chapters are organized around three themes: the nature and role of standard setting; the mechanisms used for setting cutting scores; and pressing questions for the discipline today, as well as some possible answers. For policymakers, educators, and researchers in education, psychology, and public policy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805836745
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/12/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents: G.J. Cizek, Preface. Part I:Foundational Issues in Standard Setting. G.J. Cizek, Conjectures on the Rise and Call of Standard Setting: An Introduction to Context and Practice. M.J. Zieky, So Much Has Changed: How the Setting of Cutscores Has Evolved Since the 1980s. M.T. Kane, So Much Remains the Same: Conception and Status of Validation in Setting Standards. R.K. Hambleton, Setting Performance Standards on Educational Assessments and Criteria for Evaluating the Process. Part II:Standard-Setting Methods in Practice. M.R. Raymond, J.B. Reid, Who Made Thee a Judge?: Selecting and Training Participants for Standard Setting. M.D. Reckase, Innovative Methods for Helping Standard-Setting Participants to Perform Their Task: The Role of Feedback Regarding Consistency, Accuracy, and Impact. S.C. Loomis, M.L. Bourque, From Tradition to Innovation: Standard Setting on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. N.M. Kingston, S.R. Kahl, K.P. Sweeney, L. Bay, Setting Performance Standards Using the Body of Work Method. H.C. Mitzel, D.M. Lewis, R.J. Patz, D.R. Green, The Bookmark Procedure: Psychological Perspectives. B.S. Plake, R.K. Hambleton, The Analytic Judgment Method for Setting Standards on Complex Performance Assessments. R.M. Jaeger, C.N. Mills, An Integrated Judgment Procedure for Setting Standards on Complex, Large-Scale Assessments. S.G. Sireci, Standard Setting Using Cluster Analysis. S.G. Sireci, B.E. Clauser, Practical Issues in Setting Standards on Computerized Adaptive Tests. Part III:Continuing Issues in Standard Setting. W.J. Brown, Social, Educational, and Political Complexities of Standard Setting. M.L. Thurlow, J.E. Ysseldyke, Standard-Setting Challenges for Special Populations. S.E. Phillips, Legal Issues in Standard Setting for K-12 Programs. J.D. Carson, Legal Issues in Standard Setting for Licensure and Certification. G.A. Camilli, G.J. Cizek, C.A. Lugg, Psychometric Theory and the Validation of Performance Standards: History and Future Perspectives. W.A. Mehrens, G.J. Cizek, Standard Setting and the Public Good: Benefits Accrued and Anticipated.

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