Ever wanted to develop your own test and create your own local norms? This could be very valuable for screening students to see who might need intervention of some sort. For example, you might want to screen students in late kindergarten or in early grade 1 to see who have problems with vocabulary, basic concepts, phonemic awareness, letter knowledge, orthographic awareness, sound-symbol relationships, working memory problems, etc. Well, part of this can now be achieved using the Local Norms Calculator. This can be found on the Regional School Psychologists Website (click on the link in the banner bar above) under the Materials tab, within the Excel Scoring templates section. With the calculator, you can create local norms for up to 50 students (that could be two classrooms at one grade level), and then discover which students fall below a standard score of 85. Those who do could receive your intended intervention to prevent the development of more serious problems. Take a look if you're interested in this topic.
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