Analytic Quality Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-22, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 20 January, 2022 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2022.


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Absolute standard

core definition

An absolute standard is a fixed specification of a set of skills or abilities or, in its simplest form, a pass mark that needs to be achieved by a student.

explanatory context

Absolute standards are contrasted with relative standards.

analytical review

Wojtczak (2002) states:

An absolute standard refers to the knowledge and skills a student must possess in order to pass a given course. An absolute standard stays the same over multiple administrations relative to the content specifications of the test. The failure rate may vary due to changes in the group's ability, from one administration to the other.

associated issues


related areas

See also




relative standard


standards monitoring


Wojtczak, A., 2002, Glossary of Medical Education Terms,, December, 2000, Revised February 2002, accessed 12 July 2012, page not available 29 December 2016.

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