Map-mark Standard Setting

COMET and IOM Chicago Chapter at UIC

3:30 PM, Thursday, September 23, 2004

UIC Department of Education, 1040 W. Harrison St., Third Floor, Room 3427, Chicago IL

E. Matthew Schulz:

Map-mark Standard Setting

In conjunction with a contract between ACT Inc., and the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), a new standard setting method, map-mark, has been developed as a possible procedure for recommending cut scores for the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Grade 12 mathematics assessment.

Map-mark has been designed as an augmentation of the bookmark standard setting method (1996) with item maps and content domain scores. The item map number line represents the relative difficulty of test items and the location of cut scores. Student performance data is further organized into content domains covering a wide range of difficulty. Tables and plots show expected percentage correct scores on domains as a function of achievement. Panelists recommend cut scores directly in terms of scores on the achievement scale.

The map-mark procedure was implemented and modified through a series of two field trials of 10 panelists each, one study involving 20 panelists, and a pilot study involving 20 panelists for each of two methods: map-mark and an Angoff-based, item-rating procedure similar to the one used to set standards on the 1998 NAEP Civics Assessment. This presentation will describe the map-mark standard setting method and present results from the series of studies described above. Results will address the reliability of the method and the comparability of results to past cut scores (produced in 1992 using an Angoff-based procedure) and to cut scores set concurrently using an Angoff-based procedure.

Lewis D.M., Mitzel, H. C., Green, D. R. (1996). Standard Setting: A Bookmark Approach. In D. R. Green (Chair), IRT-Based Standard-Setting Procedures Utilizing Behavioral Anchoring. Symposium presented at the 1996 Council of Chief State School Officers 1996 National Conference on Large Scale Assessment, Phoenix, AZ.


Map-mark Standard Setting, Schulz M. … Rasch Measurement Transactions, 2004, 18:2 p.983



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