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Criterion-Referenced Assessment

Criterion-referenced assessment is designed to measure how well a student has learned a specific domain of knowledge and skills. Students are assessed on the basis of their performance relative to a specific, predetermined criterion or standard. For example, in order to obtain a driver's license, a person must successfully pass both a paper-and-pencil test and an on-the-road driving test. Both of these tests are criterion-referenced tests. Passing is determined by an applicant's ability to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary for proficient and safe driving. In criterion-referenced assessment, it is possible that all, or none, of the examinees will pass or show proficiency.

What is Criterion-Referenced Assessment?

Although criterion-referenced testing is the term most commonly used, educators do not agree that it is the best term to ...

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