Barbara Plake

Distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Discussant @Standard Setting Round Table

Barbara Plake has published widely on topics in the educational field with a special attention to computerized testing, accountability, and standard setting. Plake received the Association of Test Publisher’s Career Achievement Award in 2005 and the 2006 Career Award from the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME). She is currently distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Nebraska and acting as an advisor-consultant to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The College Board, and many US states for their assessment programs. Furthermore, Prof.em.dr. Plake (PhD in Psychometrics from the University of Iowa) served as director of the Buros Center for Testing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a past president of the NCME, and was co-chair of the joint committee for the recent revision of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing.


In the Science and Practice of Standard Setting, Where is the Science??

Standard setting is a complex process that involves the application of social science, psychometrics, content expertise, politics, and economics. Over the last 60 years of the practice of standard setting, many methods have been proposed, and many implementation decisions have been made that affect the practice of standard setting. Some of these decisions have been made based on scientific studies about their impact on the standard setting results, but many have been made purely on factors of human judgment or for streamlining the process without the benefit of research to support these decisions. The purpose of this presentation is to focus on where additional research is needed to support many of the practical decisions that are found in many standard setting applications.

Published Oct. 29, 2014 1:59 PM - Last modified Aug. 5, 2015 12:46 PM