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Setting Standards on the Core and Advanced iSkills Assessments ICT

Tannenbaum, Richard J.; Katz, Irvin R.
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ETS Research Memorandum
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Cut Scores, Standard Setting, Angoff Method, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy, iSkills Assessment


This report documents a standard-setting study to determine recommended minimum scores (cut scores) needed on the Core and Advanced iSkills™ assessments for examinees to be considered at a foundational level of ICT literacy skill. Two foundational levels—one for each iSkills assessment—had been specified previously by the National ICT Literacy Policy Council, a group that was formed by the National Forum on Information Literacy ( and that serves as the certification board for ICT literacy standards. Following a modified, extended Angoff method and a counterbalanced design, two independent panels converged on recommended scores corresponding to the foundational levels: 165 (on a scale of 0–300) for the Core iSkills assessment and 575 (on a scale of 400–700) for the Advanced iSkills assessment.

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