Criterion-Referenced Testing Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Criterion-Referenced Testing
This paper looks at the two major modes of testing, concentrating on criterion-referenced testing.
# 118287 | 813 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jan 19, 2010 in Education (Teaching Methods) , Education (Theory) , Sociology (General)

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In this article, the writer points out that tests may be categorized into two major groups that are norm-referenced tests and criterion-referenced tests. The writer notes that each of these testing methods has differing intended purposes, as well as the way in which the content is selected. The writer focuses on criterion-referenced testing, that is in no way like norm-referenced testing and uses an objective standard to measure the achievement level. According to the writer, criterion-referenced tests stand to greatly benefit those who use them, as this is a highly effective tool towards the measurement of an individual's performance within a particular area. The writer concludes with recommendations for use.

Criterion-Referenced Testing
Recommendation of Use
Works Cited

From the Paper:

"Each testing method has a primary reason for use, the norm-referenced tests being to classify students in comparison to their standing versus other students. They are designed to highlight the differences among students to produce a dependable rank order of students across a continuum of achievement from the highest to lowest achievers. Criterion-referenced tests determine what test takers are able to do, and what they know, not how they fare in comparison to the rest of the testing group. Criterion-referenced tests report on how well a student are performing relative to a pre-determined level of performance, based upon a set of specified educational goals and outcomes within the school itself, or the district or even state curriculum."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kane, Michael T. "." Journal of Educational Measurement. 23.3, pp. 221-224.
  • Bond, Linda A. "Norm- and Criterion-Referenced Testing." Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation. Retrieved on 14 September 2007, from:
  • "What is Criterion-Referenced Testing?" Valpar International Corporation. Retrieved on 14 September 2007, from:
  • Cranton, P.A. "." . 1.4, pp.83-92.
  • Crocker, Linda. Benson, Jeri. "." . 13.3, pp. 207-215.

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