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Grade Norm

The grade norm is usually calculated by measuring the median score on a test (or on several tests) that was achieved by students in a specific grade a specific point in time. The median test score is the middle score when all the test results are put in ascending or descending order. For example, a high school may administer a standardized test for all senior students in the fall of this year. When the results are in, half of the students scored below a 65 percent and half of the students score above a 65 percent. The median, or grade norm, in that case for seniors at that high school in the fall of this year is 65 percent.
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