Making Scores Meaningful: The Role of Standards

Thursday, September 23, 2021
11:00 AM EDT (New York)
4:00 PM BST (London)

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What is a norm referenced scale? What is a criterion referenced scale? Which is better for my context?

This webinar from Questionmark’s in-house psychometrician will explore some key concepts in understanding assessment practices. Using examples from the driving test, to educational qualifications, to job interviews, we can see the real-world applicability of these concepts, and see their relevance to one’s own assessment decision making:

  • What standards achieve, what kinds of decisions they can enable
  • The differences between norm and criterion referenced standards
  • How to establish a standard
  • How to maintain a standard
  • Whether a standard is needed at all

Touching on key issues of validity, feedback to improve performance, and defensibility, we can relate one’s own challenges with the challenges of others in similar situations to broaden our understanding, and thereby deepen our appreciation also.

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About the presenter:

Tom Gallacher MA MSc MBPsS is the in-house psychometrician for Questionmark. He is a practitioner in AEA-Europe and a graduate member of British Psychology society, and “fellow” of Royal Statistical Society. Tom has worked with exam boards, item writers, test publishers and now the aspects pertaining to the platform, and has worked with language tests, cognitive abilities tests, situational judgement, personality, attitudinal surveys.