ArticleSETTING VALID CUT-OFF SCORES FOR COMPETENCYAzzarello, Jo PhD, RNAuthor Information Jo Azzarello, PhD, RN, is Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing and a nursing staff development consultant, Oklahoma City, OK. Address for reprints: Jo Azzarello, 1712 Ridgeway Drive, Yukon, OK 73099 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Journal for Nurses in Staff Development (JNSD): September-October 2003 - Volume 19 - Issue 5 - p 234-239 Buy AbstractIn Brief Results of competency, or certification, tests can have serious consequences for individuals tested, for employers, and for the public. However, the validity of testing outcomes depends not only on the validity of the test's content but also on the validity of the score selected as the passing, or cut-off, score. This article describes procedures and techniques for use by staff development professionals to ensure systematic, rational, and defensible cut-off scores for competency tests. This article describes procedures and techniques to use to ensure systematic, rational, and defensible cut-off scores for competency tests. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.