Norm Referenced Assessments

Norm-Referenced Assessment - An assessment designed to measure and compare individual students’ performances or test results to those of an appropriate peer group (that is, norm group) at the classroom, local, or national level. Students with the best performance on a given assessment receive the highest grades.  

Strengths – Norm-referenced assessments can be implemented very easily and quickly. They also can provide an external assessment with a large number of students.  

Weaknesses – Norm-reference assessments can be more summative than formative which will not allow analyzing for corrections.

Role of Technology – Not much technology involved.