Explaining to students that only the score metric has changed is imperative. A student and program can still use the national comparative data along with keyword feedback to help develop an individually tailored remediation or study plan. As always, students should be cautioned against over-interpreting sub-scores, because while a student may have achieved a perfect score in an individual content area, it’s possible there were only three questions in that section. The structure and content of the exams did not change.
The release of scale scores for PAEA End of Rotation exams represents an important enhancement that removes small differences in difficulty between exam forms. This shift may change the way grade calculations are done for programs using PAEA End of Rotation exam scores. Faculty should discuss the various options for assignment of course and SCPE grades and determine what makes the most sense for the program. This decision then should be communicated to students through policy updates and student meetings.