Setting Cut Scores for Literacy Measures Using a Rasch Model

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 6: Recent Developments in Assessment and Research

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about the use of the Rasch item-person map to establish cut scores for newly developed Spanish literacy measures.
  2. learn about two newly developed Spanish literacy measures to screen vocabulary and oral language skills.
  3. understand the interpretation of cut scores for these assessments and introduce implications for practitioners and school psychologists.


Presenters will share the development of two new Spanish literacy screening measures: oral language and vocabulary. These measures were developed to meet the growing need for technically adequate Spanish literacy measures serving Spanish–English bilingual programs. A key step in the development of any assessment is establishing the cut scores used to interpret student performance. Participants will learn how the Rasch model was used to establish cut scores for these measures.



Nirmaliz Colón-Acosta, Amplify Education Inc.
Yu Su, Amplify Education Inc.
Sandra Pappas, Amplify Education Inc.


Danielle M. Parisi Damico


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