[IPAC-List] developing normative data

Joel Wiesen jwiesen at appliedpersonnelresearch.com
Wed Sep 14 10:31:33 EDT 2016

A pdf is attached with the most relevant definitions from two APA 
Dictionaries: D of Psychology and D of Statistics.

D of Psychology uses the exact term you use, Gene.

Hope this helps.


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On 9/13/16 10:49 PM, Reindl, Kevin wrote:
> Normative data I would define as data that represents what is typical, usual (or "normal") in a defined population at a specific point in time.
> ...and a normative (or norm-referenced) score I would define as a score that represents a comparison to that normative data (e.g., percentile).
> ...sorry, I do not have any references...
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> On Sep 13, 2016, at 5:50 PM, Gene Carmean <GCarmean at med-tox.com<mailto:GCarmean at med-tox.com>> wrote:
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> Hello List:
> Does anyone have a definitive definition of normative data?  I have found articles describing their characteristics as
> 1. Scores should come from  a randomly selected population.
> 2. Scores should be fairly recent since they can change over time.
> 3. Scores should be derived from a group similar to the one you are using as a comparison group, i.e., fitness scores of 12th graders are of little use when comparing them to NFL linebackers.
> Are there any sources or other key points about norms I should know about?  I found this citation, but have no access to ETS articles.
> Angoff, William H. Scales, norms, and equivalent scores. Educational testing service, 1984.
> If anyone can assist with a source or other characteristics I would appreciate it.
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