Testing & Assessments

What is a "cut score"?

The Angoff method is used to set the minimum passing score for the core SPeD Certification assessments. The Angoff method has a well-established history of determining creditable passing standards for multiple-choice examinations. The method involves two basic elements: conceptualization of a minimally competent examinee and using SMEs to estimate whether a minimally competent examinee will answer an item correctly.

Given this, a panel of SMEs makes predictions for each item on the SPeD Certification assessment, and the average of the SMEs'ratings on each item sets the minimum passing score for the assessment. Results of the Angoff method establish the foundation for the provisional cut score. The provisional cut score is then calibrated using data collected during the beta test phase.