Career & Technical Education

NOCTI Cut Scores



TO:District Superintendents
    Superintendents of Schools
    Career and Technical Education Contacts
    Career and Technical Education Professional Organizations

FROM: Howard J. Goldsmith

DATE: May 2, 2007

RE: NOCTI Cut Score Policy

Representatives of the District Superintendents, the State Education Department’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) team and Office of State Assessment, along with an advisory group of CTE administrators from across the state, collaborated over the past several months on a study of the relationship between CTE student classroom success and CTE student performance on NOCTI technical assessments.  Results of this study led to a policy change in the designation of cut scores approved by New York State for NOCTI examinations. 

The national average will not be used as the New York State cut score for NOCTI examinations administered in the 2006-2007 school year.    Instead, a NOCTI psychometrician will calculate specific New York State approved cut scores for NOCTI assessments.  These New York State approved cut scores will be posted on the NYSED CTE webpage at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/cte/ on or about May 16, 2007, a date which was chosen to allow for inclusion of New York State student results for tests administered throughout this spring. Technical endorsement decisions based on results of NOCTI technical assessments should be made using New York State approved cut scores.

Identification of New York State approved cut scores for NOCTI assessments is one piece of a greater initiative to encourage student success on technical assessments used to evaluate attainment of technical skills through CTE programs.  Additionally, this statewide initiative will address professional development opportunities for CTE educators focused on issues such as test preparation strategies, course and assessment alignment, and the appropriate use of test blueprints.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dawn Scagnelli, in our Career and Technical Education office, at (518) 486-1547 or e-mail dscagnel@mail.nysed.gov.   


Last Updated: March 16, 2011