[IPAC-List] Appealed Items

Blair, Michael michael.blair at hrblock.com
Mon Oct 17 13:16:30 EDT 2016

Dennis – You’ll love this…it depends!

1.       If the original item went through a comprehensive review process with multiple SMEs to determine quality, job-relevance, answer, difficulty, etc., my preferred approach would be to score A & B as correct and award one point for each.  The assumption here being that there are indeed two best responses based on the initial SME input and the review committee input.

2.       If the original item did not go through a comprehensive review process, then I would toss the item out.  Of course, this poses other potential questions concerning other items and/or the test itself.

3.       If civil service rules or bargaining agreements are in place, then I would follow the rules/agreements.

4.       If employment lawyers are involved, then I would end up running a series of analysis based on the various scenarios for rescoring the item, present the outcomes to the lawyers along with my recommendation, and then step back and watch the debate.

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From: IPAC-List [mailto:ipac-list-bounces at ipacweb.org] On Behalf Of Dennis Doverspike
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2016 11:44 AM
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Subject: [IPAC-List] Appealed Items

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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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