Ms Celeste Combrinck, of the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA), attended the 42nd International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) Conference in Cape Town in August 2016. Ms Combrinck presented a paper entitled: The Use of Rasch Competency Bands for Reporting Criterion-Referenced Feedback and Curriculum-Standards Attainment. The study described how criterion-referenced feedback was produced from English Language, Mathematics and Natural Science monitoring assessments.
The Rasch Item Map Method was used to set cut-scores for the Rasch Competency Bands, and subject specialists examined the items in each band.
Based on the content and difficulty of the items, descriptions for the proficiency levels were generated. Learner reports described each individual’s current proficiency level in a subject area, as well as the subsequent level to be attained. The presentation showed how The Rasch Item Map Method can be used to align assessments and curriculum-standards which facilitates reporting learner performance in terms of criterion-referenced feedback and empowers learners, teachers and parents to focus on subject content and competencies.