Norm-Referenced Assessment Law and Legal Definition
Norm-referenced assessment is the process of evaluating the learning of students by judging and ranking them against the performance of their equals. The norm-referenced assessment is relative to the performance of others. One performance is compared to a larger group. Usually the larger group or 'norm group' is a national sample. The purpose of a norm-referenced assessment is to sort students. The norm-referenced assessment measures success by rank, ordering students using a variety of metrics. Grades and test scores are used to rank. An example is the entrance test. The test indicates whether the candidate did better or worse than other people who took the test.