ABHE-Exams: Individual Scores, Institutional and National Norming
Norming of exams is a critical piece of the accreditation / institutional assessment cycle. Consider the
A Freshman student completes the Bible Content entrance exam with a score of 45%. Is that good? Is that bad? The truth is that you don't really know until you have some bar that you can score against. If your institutional average is 40% then the score is good. If the national average is 55% then not only is the score low, but your institution seems to score low.
A Senior (graduating) student completes the Bible Content exit exam with a score of 65%. Is that good?
Is that bad? The truth is that you don't really know until you have some bar that you can score against.
If your institutional average is 55% then the score is good. If the national average is 75% then not only
is the score low, but your institution seems to score low. (Question: why are your students scoring lower
than the National Norms?)
Now consider the Section score for a category we call "Prophets".
Your Freshman student scores a 35% for "Prophets" on the entrance and a 65% on the exit exam. His incoming score was comparable to the National Norms but his exit score was low ... you decided to research a little more and you discover that the student scored a 95% in the institutions course on Prophets (a very good grade.) BUT .. if the students grade was so good, why did he perform so poorly on the standardized test? The conclusion may lead you to re-evaluate the content of your prophets class.
Share your Exams ABHE-Exams allows you to build your own exams. Once you have created an online exam, you can share that exam with other institutions ... building a network of colleges for the purposes of National Norming.
For more inforation on how your institution can use online exams / norming to help with institutional assessment please contact ABHE.