norm referenced tests

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 7 - 12, 2022

As more 2021 test results are made public -- with predictable declines from COVID's impact -- a growing number of educational leaders are speaking out about the worthlessness of these scores.  At the same time, spring 2022 standardized exams are being administered with no evidence that their results will be any more helpful in improving learning and teaching.  Doing the same thing over and over despite a track-record of failure is the definition of insanity!

Norm-Referenced Achievement Tests

Human beings make tests. They decide what topics to include on the test, what kinds of questions to ask, and what the correct answers are, as well as how to use test scores. Tests can be made to compare students to each other (norm-referenced tests) or to see whether students have mastered a body of knowledge (criterion or standards-referenced tests). This fact sheet explains what NRTs are, their limitations and flaws, and how they affect schools.


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