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Directions for selecting appropriate normscriteria to use in

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Directions for selecting appropriate normscriteria to use in

    Directions for selecting appropriate norms/criteria to use in AIMSweb reports

    1. Which AIMSweb norms/criteria should I be comparing my students’ scores to?

    a. School-based norms (called “AIMSweb Defaults” in AIMSweb system)

    i. These norms would compare the students in your school, grade or

    classroom only to students at your school.

ii. For example, if you used these norms to identify the students in your thclassroom who are below the 25 percentile on the AIMSweb R-CBM

    Oral Reading Fluency test, you would by definition identify 25% of your

    students.

    iii. You might want to use these norms if you were interested in breaking up

    your classroom into equal groups of relatively higher or lower

    performance on the R-CBM (e.g., your top third, your middle third and

    your bottom third in your classroom).

    iv. This would NOT tell you anything about how your students’

    performance compares to the performance of students across the country.

    b. AIMSweb national aggregate norms (called “HVED 09-10” in AIMSweb

    system)

    i. These norms would compare the students in your school, grade or

    classroom to all students across the country whose data have been

    entered into the AIMSweb system.

ii. For example, if you used these norms to identify the students in your thclassroom who are below the 25 percentile on the AIMSweb R-CBM

    Oral Reading Fluency test, you would be identifying those students

    whose scores are lower than 75% of students at the same grade level

    across the country.

    1. If most of the students in your classroom are particularly

    advanced in their reading achievement, you might identify fewer

    than 25% of YOUR students who are below the national thaggregate norm 25 percentile.

    2. If most of the students in your classroom are particularly delayed

    in their reading achievement, you might identify more than 25%

    of YOUR students who are below the national aggregate norm th25 percentile.

    iii. You should use these norms if you are trying to identify students in need

    of more intensive Tier II or Tier III support within an RtI model and/or if

    you are trying to determine whether a student qualifies for Special

    Education services.

    iv. In fact, Minnesota state Special Education regulations REQUIRE that

    teams compare data used to determine a student’s “level of achievement”

    as part of the new RtI Specific Learning Disability (SLD) criteria to state

    or federal norms, NOT local (school-level) norms.

    2. If I am looking at a report that has already been printed, how can I tell which norms were used in creating it?

    a. In the upper lefthand corner of the first page of a printed report, you should see a

    section that is labeled “Reporting Method.”

    b. If after “Reporting Method” it reads “AIMSweb Defaults – Norm Referenced,”

    then the report was created using school-based norms.

    c. If after “Reporting Method” it reads “HVED 09-10 Criterion Referenced,” then

    the report was created using AIMSweb national aggregate norms.

    3. How do I select the norms I want to use within the AIMSweb system before I print a report?

    a. Once you have selected a report to view within the AIMSweb system, you should

    see a gray section at the top of the screen labeled “Report Options (Expand).”

    b. To change the norms for the report you have selected, click on “(Expand).” This

    will expand the Report Options section revealing several buttons and drop down

    menus that allow you to change your preferences for the report you have selected.

    c. The top line should read “Report: Method:” with two choices: “Norm” or “Criterion.”

    i. To choose school-based norms

    1. Click on “Norm”

    2. Use the “Criteria” drop down menu on the next line to select

    “AIMSweb Defaults.”

    3. Click the “Display” button at the bottom center of the

    Report Options box to apply the changes to the report you

    selected.

    ii. To choose AIMSweb national aggregate norms

    1. Click on “Criterion”

    2. Use the “Criteria” drop down menu on the next line to select

    “HVED 09-10.”

    3. Click the “Display” button at the bottom center of the

    Report Options box to apply the changes to the report you

    selected.

    d. Once you have selected norms once, as long as you do not log out, the norms should remain selected for any future reports you create. If you log out and log

    back in, however, you will need to re-select the norms you want.

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