A decision theory model for course placement

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The problem of how to place students in a sequence of hierarchically related courses is addressed from a decision theory point of view. Based on a minimal set of assumptions, it is shown that optimal mastery rules for the courses are always monotone and a nonincreasing function of the scores on the placement test. On the other hand, placement rules are not generally monotone but have a form depending on the specific shape of the probability distributions and utility functions in force. The results are further explored for a class of linear utility functions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-34
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of educational and behavioral statistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998


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