Setting a Cut Score for a Performance-Based Assessment: The Ebel Method

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Setting a defensible cut score through a process called standard setting is an essential component that supports exam validity. For traditional multiple-choice and other selected-response assessments, there is a wide body of literature that supports the use of established standard-setting methods, such as the Angoff method or the Nedelsky method. This white paper explores some of the key considerations when setting a cut score.