ABSTRACT

Setting standards of performance is a ubiquitous task in education licensure, certification, and credentialling. It is found in elementary schooling, the professions, commercial applications, and governmental and private organizations. It is one of the most complex, controversial, and vexing issues facing specialists and policy makers today. This second edition solidifies Setting Performance Standards as the only book providing a comprehensive profile of both the issues and the "how-to" methods that define this thorny field. Four chapters have been removed; 11 chapters have been added; 2 chapters have major revisions; and all chapters have been updated.

Comprehensive – Part I provides a conceptual overview of standard setting and its overarching issues; Part II provides practical (how-to) information on the newest standard setting methods; Part III provides information and advice on persistent and potential challenges in standard setting.

Practical – Part II (the heart of the book) reviews 16 of the newest standard setting methods, far more than any other book.

Expertise – Most of the well-known authors from the 1st edition return, with authors of equal stature contributing new chapters.

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Section I. Conceptual and Practical Foundations of Standard Setting

chapter 3|14 pages

Standard Setting for Decision Making: Classifi cations, Consequences, and the Common Good

ByWILLIAM A. MEHRENS, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (EMERITUS) AND

part |1 pages

Section II. Common Elements in Standard Setting Practice

chapter 5|28 pages

Performance Level Descriptors: History, Practice, and a Proposed Framework: Karla L. Egan, M. Christina Schneider, and Steve Ferrara, CTB/McGraw-Hill

ByKARLA L. EGAN, M. CHRISTINA SCHNEIDER, AND STEVE FERRARA, CTB/MCGRAW-HILL

chapter 8|16 pages

Th e Role, Format, and Impact of Feedback to Standard Setting Panelists

ByMARK D. RECKASE AND JING CHEN, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

part |1 pages

Section III. Standard Setting Methods

chapter 12|29 pages

Th e Bookmark Standard Setting Procedure

ByDANIEL M. LEWIS, CTB/MCGRAW-HILL, HOWARD C. MITZEL, PACIFIC METRICS,

chapter 13|28 pages

Th e Item-Descriptor (ID) Matching Method

BySTEVE FERRARA & DANIEL M. LEWIS, CTB/MCGRAW-HILL

chapter 14|17 pages

Th e Briefi ng Book Method

ByEDWARD H. HAERTEL, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, JENNIFER BEIMERS, JULIE MILES, PEARSON

chapter 15|22 pages

From Z to A: Using Validity Evidence to Set Performance Standards: Kimberly O’Malley, Leslie Keng, and Julie Miles, Pearson

ByKIMBERLY O’MALLEY, LESLIE KENG, AND JULIE MILES, PEARSON

chapter 16|23 pages

Th e Benchmark Method of Standard Setting

part |1 pages

Section IV. Contemporary Issues in Standard Setting

chapter 24|17 pages

Setting Passing Standards for Credentialing Programs: Chad W. Buckendahl and Susan L. Davis-Becker, Alpine Testing Solutions

ByCHAD W. BUCKENDAHL AND SUSAN L. DAVIS-BECKER, ALPINE TESTING SOLUTIONS

chapter 26|35 pages

Legal Issues for Standard Setting in K–12 Educational Contexts: S. E. Phillips, Independent Consultant

ByS. E. PHILLIPS, INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT