The Training of Special Education Teachers in Norm-Referenced Testing

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,3
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 6: Recent Developments in Assessment and Research

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about the training that special education teachers receive in norm-reference test administration, scoring, and interpretation.
  2. identify ways to improve the norm-referenced testing skills of special education teachers in their district.
  3. advocate for greater inservice training for special education teachers in the area of norm-referenced testing.


Special education teachers frequently administer norm-reference tests (NRTs) used in special education eligibility determination. However, little is known about the training they receive in this area. This poster presents the findings from a survey of 142 special education faculty members regarding the training they provide to teacher trainees in NRT use; results suggest that teacher trainees receive significantly less training than school psychology trainees. Implications of these findings for school psychologists will be discussed.



Adam Lockwood, Western Kentucky University
Ryan L. Farmer, Oklahoma State University
Karen Sealander, Northern Arizona University
Margaret E. Schmitt, Western Kentucky University


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