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  1. Testing is an important aspect of collecting information that is used in the decision making process by the examiner or the teacher or the practitioner
  2. One of the main differences as aforementioned is the comparison targets which assesses what the examinees performance are compared to
  3. The other difference that can be derived from the two tests is the reported scores that are either classification or the percentile and scale scores that can be used for ranking
  4. The average item difficulty is also an important difference between the two sets of tests since they vary in their purpose and use
  5. The score distribution is also another main difference that differs between the two types of tests due to the shape of the examinees' score distributions

Testing is an important aspect of collecting information that is used in the decision making process by the examiner or the teacher or the practitioner. Depending on the use and the decision making process that the results are needed for, there are different tests that can be used to measure different capabilities of the examinee. There are therefore two main types of tests that are measured are the norm-referenced tests and the criterion-referenced tests.

[...] Miklos, M. (2010). Preparation for Criterion-Referenced Tests: A Brief Review of Mathematical Competencies for Teachers of Early Childhood. Washington: UP of America. Miller, L. (2009). Developing Norm-Referenced Standardized Tests. New York: Haworth Press. Schell, L. [...]


[...] References Brown, J., & Hudson, T. (2012). Criterion-referenced Language Testing. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. Dappen, L., & Isernhagen, J. (2006). An Examination of 2002 to 2004 Nebraska Criterion Referenced Tests, Norm Referenced Tests, and District Portfolio Ratings for Math at Grades and 11. Lincoln: Nebraska Dept. of Education. [...]

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