Norm-referenced tests compare a student's achievement with students in a
norm group. After a test is created, it is administered to a large,
diverse group of children which makes up the norm group. The children's
scores are ranked from low to high performance. The scores are then
statistically manipulated to form a normal distribution. If a child
scores at the 65th percentile, for example, it would mean that the child
performed better than 65 percent of the children in the norm group.
Normative studies frequently provide data stratified by age, grade
level, gender, and/or ethnicity where such factors have been shown by
research to affect performance. This allows for a student's performance
to be compared to a suitable control group and provide a fair assessment
of their current cognitive functioning.
This Parent Toolkit was created by NWEA as a resource and guide for
parents. It includes Frequently Asked Question, Tips for Parents, Web
Sites for Kids and Parents, and Commonly Used Terms.
An Individual Student Progress Report is available for all students. If you would like one, please contact your school office.
has completed a project to connect the scale of the Michigan
Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) with NWEA's RIT scale. Information
from the state assessment was used in a study to establish
performance-level scores on the RIT scale that would indicate a good
chance of success on these tests.
Please visit the links below for Enrichment Activites your student can use.