Conference 2019 Session: Setting Fair, Defensible Cut Scores - More Than One Method to Use

Setting Fair, Defensible Cut Scores - More Than One Method to Use

Content Track: Applying Best Practice   Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
Speaker(s)

Jim Parry, Owner and Chief Executive Manager, Compass Consultants, LLC

Synopsis

How do you establish a cut or passing score for your assessments? Do you arbitrarily set a score such as 70%? If your cut score is challenged in court can you explain to the judge and jury why you chose 70% other than you “felt” it was a fair score?

If you are using the arbitrary method to set cut scores then this session is for you!

The cut score creates two classifications of candidates, those who are considered competent to perform their duties and those who are not. Various widely accepted test-centered and test-taker centered methods will be discussed in depth. The pros and cons as well as when to use each method will be deliberated.

Learning Objectives 
  • Explain the importance of being able to defend a cut score
  • Describe the difference between test-centered and test-taker centered methods of setting a cut score
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each method
  • Select the best method(s) to use for your specific testing needs