Title: Methods of setting standards for complex performance-based assessments

Authors: Hans Vos

Addresses: Department of Research Methodology, Measurement and Data Analysis, University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands

Abstract: This study investigates some procedures for setting performance standards. Both standard-setting methods for unidimensional, dichotomously scored tests (e.g., multiple-choice credentialing tests) and multidimensional, polytomously scored complex performance-based assessments are considered. Two procedures are distinguished for unidimensional tests: judgemental and empirical-judgemental methods. Nedelsky|s and Angoff|s methods are addressed in the first type of procedure, whereas the borderline group and contrasting-groups methods are dealt with in the second type of procedure. Three recently proposed procedures are reviewed for multidimensional complex assessments: the judgemental capturing policy, the extended Angoff procedure, and the dominant profile method.

Keywords: complex performance assessments; standard-setting methods; Nedelsky|s method; Angoff|s method; borderline-group method; contrasting-groups method; judgemental capturing policy; extended Angoff method; dominant profile method.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2004.004579

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2004 Vol.14 No.1/2, pp.111 - 120

Published online: 13 May 2004 *

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