In response to an article by de Gruijter and Hambleton
(1984), some thoughts on the use of decision
theory for setting cutoff scores on mastery tests are
presented. This paper argues that decision theory offers
much more than suggested by de Gruijter and
Hambleton and that an attempt at evaluating its potentials
for mastery testing should address the full scale
of possibilities. As for the problems de Gruijter and
Hambleton have raised, some of them disappear if
proper choices from decision theory are made, while
others are inherent in mastery testing and will be encountered
by any method of setting cutoff scores. Further,
this paper points at the development of new technology
to assist the mastery tester in the application of
decision theory. From this an optimistic attitude towards
the potentials of decision theory for mastery
testing is concluded.
Van der Linden, Wim J. (1984). Some thoughts on the use of decision theory to set cutoff scores: Comment on de Gruijter and Hambleton. Applied Psychological Measurement, 8, 9-17. doi:10.1177/014662168400800102
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Some thoughts on the use of decision theory to set cutoff scores: Comment on de Gruijter and Hambleton.
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