BARS and BOS

Copyright 2005 David A. Wheeler, Ph.D., ACMT D@RelaxNow.Org   Last updated 06/30/05 09:42 PM

Behaviorally Anchored Rating Scales- a Likert rating scale that uses behaviors as anchors

Sample Scale:

Outstanding
    10    
    9    
Excellent
    8    
    7   
    6     
Good
    5   
    4   
Poor
    3   
    2     
Unacceptable
    1

Example:

Job Title: Bar Tender

Outstanding
    10   Does tricks while mixing drinks, extremely friendly
    9    Knows large variety of drinks from memory
Excellent
    8    Drinks made correctly
    7    Makes drinks quickly
    6    Friendly
Good
    5    Works scheduled shifts
    4    Maintains work area, can make drinks with help, performs job functions
Poor
    3   Leaves mess 
    2   Rude, unkempt, does not show up  
Unacceptable
    1    Steals drinks, steals money, fights with customers

Make Your Own

Job Title:

Outstanding
    10    
    9    
Excellent
    8    
    7   
    6     
Good
    5   
    4   
Poor
    3   
    2     
Unacceptable
    1

  Example

Job Title: Teaching
In Classroom
Outstanding
    10 Student enthusiastically participating in class
    9  Challenges students and they achieve, Appeals to all learning styles
Excellent
    8 Motivates and challenges students, Uses real life examples that students relate to
    7 Material relevant to students, Explains material in a way students understand
    6 Knows material without references in response to questions, Lets students know what expectations are
Good
    5 Knows material without references in prepared material, Reviews previous material
    4 Grades are reflections of effort, Material relevant to course, Lets students know what will be on exams
Poor
    3 Unprepared, rude to students
    2 Not in class, doesn't show up
Unacceptable
    1 Disriminatory, harassing, physically harms students, terroristic threats


Behavioral Observation Scale: measures the frequency of occurrence of critical incidents (most of the normal rules of Likert scale apply)

Percent of time students participating actively in class
7- Outstanding     91-100
6- Excellent           81-90
5- Very Good        76 - 80
4- Good                61-75
3- Fair                    51-60
2- Poor                21 - 50
1- Unacceptable    0 - 20


Use the following anchors for rating scales and BOS

7- Outstanding
6- Excellent
5- Very Good
4- Good
3- Satisfactory
2- Poor
1- Unacceptable


Assignment: For the job of one of your group members, make up a:

  1. 10 Item Anchored Rating Scale
  2. 10 point BARS and
  3. 10 BOS questions

 

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