Many in the field of educational measurement expressed concern, though, about Smarter Balanced’s decision to set cut scores based only on field-test data. More often, states establish those scores after the operational test is given, and that is what PARCC will do.
Yvonne Johnson, a parent and PTA leader from Delaware, served on the 3rd grade math cut-score-setting panel. She said that in early rounds, she was inclined to set the cutoff points much lower than those many of her fellow panelists favored.
With the chosen bit secured in the router’s collet, the next step is to set the cut depth. The conventional wisdom is that the router is a trimming machine, that you should waste no more than 1/4″ of stock per pass. Given that 1/4″ as about as deep as a dado ever needs to be, you’re set for a one-pass job.
Daniel Koretz, a Harvard University professor of education who focuses on assessment, said studies show that the numbers of students who score at each proficiency level can vary greatly, depending on which method of setting cut scores is used.