[IPAC-List] Appealed Items

Partain, Steven C. Steven.Partain at tvfr.com
Mon Oct 17 13:12:32 EDT 2016

I can’t see the logic of doing anything other than option #2, if there are no other issues of fact that are relevant.  The “true” test key has changed as a result of the conclusions of the test review committee, making response “A” no longer having any status different than other wrong answers.

If I were a test taker who answered “B,” and any of the other remedies took place, I would appeal.

This has come up with our agency in the past.  We don’t have stated practice, as they are so specific to the circumstances of the question.

Steven Partain | HR Manager
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Direct: 503-259-1292

From: IPAC-List [mailto:ipac-list-bounces at ipacweb.org] On Behalf Of Walker, Kathleen A.
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To: Dennis Doverspike; ipac-list at ipacweb.org
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If the item was clearly not “keyed” properly, we would operate with the #2 option.  However, we would first ensure that the question stem OR question choices do not have a flaw AND that choice A is clearly incorrect.

There have been instances (very rare) that a candidate passes, and then fails.  In this case, I will personally call with the unhappy news after appeal process is finalized before the official notices go out.

Hope this helps,

Kathleen A. Walker, MAP
Employment Services Manager
City of Little Rock, Department of Human Resources
(501) 371-4595, or mail to: kawalker at littlerock.org<mailto:kawalker at littlerock.org>

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Subject: [IPAC-List] Appealed Items

You are working for a city producing the final scoring key for a test. An item has been appealed where the original best answer was "A." The test review committee considers an appeal that "B" is the best answer, and agrees that "B" is the best answer. This was not simply a typo or miscoding, the original item writer believed that A was the best answer.
Do you:
1. Score A and B as correct; award one point for each.
2. Only score B as correct, counting A as being wrong.
3. Delete or throw out the item.
4. Give credit to all responses, A, B, C, and D.
5. Other
Does your jurisdiction have a stated or understood practice for handling such situations?
Do you have a rationale for your practice.
Please feel free to elaborate. Consultants, feel free to offer your usual practice.

Dennis Doverspike, PhD., ABPP
Licensed Psychologist, #3539 (OHIO)
Independent Consultant
Professor of Psychology, University of Akron
dennisdoverspike at gmail.com<mailto:dennisdoverspike at gmail.com>

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