Linda Isabelle Funke, Inga Hahn and Nele Kampa
Abilities in science are essential for living a self-determined life in modern society. Until today little was known about the scientific literacy of adults. The National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) administered a science test to 6,657 adults in Germany in 2012. A Standard Setting will be conducted in February 2015 in order to answer the questions, a) what challenges need to be considered when setting standards to a scientific literacy test for adults, b) what abilities in science are necessary for adults and c) how many Germans can be labeled as scientific literate. Within the Standard Setting a panel using the Item Descriptor (ID) Matching Method will match the estimated abilities of each of the 22 items of the scientific literacy test to the abilities of the performance levels Basic and Advanced given by the Performance Levels Descriptors (PLD). Feedback about the consistency of their decisions and their individual cut scores will be given after each round. The final cut score will be set after round 3 in connection with finalizing the PLDs in a panel discussion. The final cut score, finalized PLDs and challenges within setting performance standards for an adult population will be depicted at the conference.