Should we change the Pat Benchmark Norms?
Please take the time to read the full message below, as changing which norms your school uses will have a profound impact on the analysis of your PAT-M & PAT-R data within SPAstandard & SPAtracker. We recommend leaving the ‘default’ setting selected.
What are Norms?
Norming refers to the process of constructing the typical performance of a group of individuals on an achievement assessment. Tests that compare an individuals score against the scores of groups are termed norm-referenced assessments. These norms help educational stakeholders such as administrators & teachers make informed educational decisions about an individual student and a cohort of students and their progress.
Pat-Reading & PAT-Maths Norms
There have been two sets of norms reported by ACER for both PAT- Reading and PAT-Maths. The first set was reported back in November 2004 (PAT-M) and September 2007 (PAT-R). The second set was collected during the period of 2012-2014, but published as the 2016 October/November Norms.
International norm-referenced assessments (PISA/TIMSS/PIRLS) have demonstrated Australian students' reading & numeracy results have been in decline. Which is reflected in the latest ACER norms (2016), which are lower than those collected & reported back in November 2004 (PAT-M) and September 2007 (PAT-R).