Creating a Standard Setting task

NOTE: Only users with the Standard Setting Manager permission can create Standard Setting tasks. For more information on permissions in Tasks, read About managers, assignees, and lead assignees.

In a Standard Setting task, assignees rate items in an item list according to the Angoff rating method to help determine a cut score for your test. The Angoff rating method is designed to identify the proportion of minimally competent candidates.

This article explains how to create and assign Standard Setting tasks, including details about task navigation settings, initial and revised Angoff ratings, rating process settings, adding attachments, and managing tags.

In this article

1. Check task prerequisites

To create a Standard Setting task, you must have an item list containing the items to be rated and users with Standard Setting Assignee permissions at the level of the item list’s parent subject. To learn more, read Preparing for tasks.

2. Choose your task type

To create a task, select Create Task on the Tasks screen.

Select Standard Setting in the Create Task dialog.

Select Continue to confirm the task type.

3. Set task details

Fill in the following fields in the Task Details tab.

NOTE: Mandatory fields are marked with an asterisk (*).
Setting Description
Name* The name of the task.
Reference* An alphanumeric reference code used to identify your task. This must be unique.

Information about the task.  The Description field accepts a maximum of 4,000 characters. 

Start Date* The day the task begins. This cannot be in the past.
End Date* The day that the task finishes. You can extend this later if necessary. For more information, read Editing tasks.

Select Continue to confirm these details.

4. Set task settings

Fill out the following details in Task Settings to customise the task.

NOTE: Mandatory fields are marked with an asterisk (*).
Setting Description
List to rate* The item list that will be used in this task. Choose an item list in the menu to select it. You can also use the text search field to find a specific item list.
Parent Subject The chosen item list’s parent subject. This field automatically updates based on the selected list.
Task Navigation*

Choose how navigation between items works in this task. You have two options:

  • Standard – Assignees can navigate forward and back between all items in the task.
  • Forward only – Assignees must rate each item sequentially and cannot navigate back to submitted items in the task. Lead assignees are not affected by this setting.

Select Browse to add up to 30 files to the task, such as reference materials for task assignees. The total file size limit is 600 MB. To delete an attachment, select Remove .

TIP: Surpass supports the following file types for task attachments: DOCX, DOC, XLSX, XLS, PPTX, PPT, MP4, MOV, MPG, MPEG, AVI, WMV, PDF, FLV, WAV, MP3, JPG, JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG, SWF, TXT, and CSV.

Select Continue to confirm the task settings.

5. Rating Methods

Select a rating method from the Rating Methods drop-down menu. There is currently one rating method available: Angoff requires assignees to rate each item in the task out of 100.

You can select additional settings according to your chosen rating method.

Setting Description
Present revised Angoff rating

If you select the Angoff rating method, you can choose to enable a second rating input field for assignees. When assignees can enter a revised rating depends on your chosen task navigation:

  • Standard – Assignees give an initial rating before they can give a revised rating. They can do this on any item in any order.
  • Forward only – If the task navigation is set to forward only, there are two Process Settings you must choose from:
    • Sequential – Assignees must give both the initial and revised Angoff ratings on an item-by-item basis.
    • Repeated – Assignees must give the initial Angoff rating for every item in the list before being able to input the revised Angoff ratings.

If enabled, assignees can view tag collections in the task after they have entered their initial rating. 

6. Manage tags

You can manage the tag groups that your assignees can assign to items in the Tags tab.

There are three ways you can control the tags that assignees can use during the task:

  • Show all tags lets assignees edit all tag groups.
  • Customise tags specifies which tag groups are available to assignees. Choose a tag category under Select tag category. Open Select tag groups to choose tag groups from the selected category. These tag groups are editable by assignees. The tag groups appear in the Selected tag groups tag. To remove a tag group, select Remove .
  • Hide all tags stops assignees from editing tags when authoring items.

Select Continue to confirm the settings.

NOTE: You cannot change selected tags once a task is in progress.

Managing tag collections

IMPORTANT: You can only manage tag collections in Tasks if Tag Collections are enabled in Site Settings. For more information, read ‘About Item Authoring settings’ in About Site Settings options.

If the chosen item list’s items have tag collections, you can manage the tag collections that task assignees can view and edit during the Standard Setting task in the Tag Collections tab.

7. Choose your task assignees

Choose the users you want to assign to the task in Task Users > Assigned to. You can only select users associated with the parent subject that have the Standard Setting Assignee permission. Choose the relevant option for each user in the table.

Setting Description
Assignee The user(s) that will be given this task. You can assign a maximum of 100 users to a Standard Setting task.
Lead The user(s) that will be acting as lead assignee(s) on this task. Lead assignees cannot give ratings, are not affected by the forward only task navigation setting, and can download a summary of the task.
Remove Deletes the adjacent user from the task.

8. Create your standard setting task

Select Create Task to finish creating the Standard Setting task.

Assignees can access the task on the Tasks screen after the start date set in Task Details.