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Norms   Norms are the average or typical scores on a test for members of a specified group. They are usually presented in tabular form for a series of different...  
NorthStar   NorthStar is a free national adult learner digital literacy assessment tool. The Northstar Digital Literacy Project defines basic skills needed to perform...  
Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) 

Formerly named OVAE, this federal office administers, coordinates, and recommends policy for improving quality and excellence of programs that are...  

Percentile   A percentile is one of the 99 point scores that divide a ranked distribution into groups, each of which contains 1/100 of the scores. The 73rd percentile...  
Percentile Rank   A test score that is used to convert raw scores (number of correct answers) into something more meaningful. Percentile rank is the percentage of test...  
Performance Assessment   A performance assessment is an activity that requires students to construct a response, create a product, or perform a demonstration. Usually there are...  
Performance Measures   Performance measures describe how attainment of the learning objectives will be measured or assessed. Performance measures typically rely on standardized...  
Performance Standard   A performance standard is the level of performance on a test, established by education experts, as a goal of student attainment....  
Performance-Based Assessment   Evaluation of achievement, learning, etc., that requires direct demonstration of knowledge and skills via the construction of responses, and for which...  
Population   A population is the group with a particular set of characteristics to which researchers attempt to generalize their findings from a smaller sample. These...  
Portfolio   A portfolio is a systematic collection of information, work samples, test results, and products of or about a student over a period of time. It is designed...  
Post Test   Post tests are administered to students upon completion of learner goals, or completion of a course of study, or during the final quarter of the fiscal...  
Praxis Core Battery Tests   The Praxis Core Battery Tests are a subgroup of the Praxis II Subject Assessments. The Core Battery consists of three Praxis II tests: the Test of General...  
Praxis II   The Praxis II is a series of professional assessments for beginning teachers. The Praxis II National Teacher Exam (NTE) is designed to assess qualifications...  
Pre Tests   Pre tests are administered to students to establish an initial benchmark against which learning progress is measured....  
Predictive Validity   The predictive validity is the ability of a score on one test to forecast a student's probable performance on another test of similar skills. Predictive...  
Probability Samples   The ideal way to select a representative sample is to set up a selection procedure whereby each student in the population has some chance of being in...  
Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)  The Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is a household study that has been developed under the auspices of the Organization...  
Questioning Techniques Teaching Method   Questioning is probably the most fundamental methodology available. Several purposes for questioning include: to gain the learner's participation in class,...  
Raw Score (RS)  The raw score is the first score obtained in scoring a test, which is often the number of correct answers. Sometimes it is the number right minus a fraction...  
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