Standard setting in physiology assessment: what is it and does it matter?

Education & TeachingEducation & Teaching (ET)

Organised by Prem Kumar (University of Birmingham, UK), Judy Harris (University of Bristol, UK) and Dave Lewis (University of Leeds, UK)

Many physiologists are involved in the training of medical students through curriculum development, teaching provision and assessment. In the General Medical Council’s 2009 publication of ‘Tomorrow’s Doctors’ it is stated that such training must apply (using evidence from research into best practice) ‘  … valid and reliable methods to standard-setting …’ and all Medical Schools must now be compliant. However, there is no such absolute requirement for standard-setting when considering the assessment of other professional degrees (e.g. dental and veterinary) or basic science degrees, yet the increasing demands of students and employers requires a transparent, consistent, fair and ultimately defensible means of assessment for all degrees. This Symposium will utilise a mix of invited speakers, workshops and group discussions to describe the various ways in which standards can be ‘set’ and should be of interest to anyone involved with the setting and marking of exams.

What is standard setting?
Prem Kumar (University of Birmingham, UK)
Using the Ebel method for standard setting
Judy Harris (University of Bristol, UK)
Standard setting in practice – working in the real world
Stewart Petersen (University of Leicester, UK)
Can we use the Modified Angoff for Short Answer Questions?
Prem Kumar (University of Birmingham, UK)
Standard setting for core biomedical science assessments: Oxford's experience with a new method
John Morris (University of Oxford, UK)
Do we need standard setting in physiology and related biomedical sciences degree programmes?
Dave Lewis (University of Leeds, UK)