2 Ways to Develop Local Norms: Learn How to Use Your School Population to Identify Gifted and Talent
2 Ways to Develop Local Norms: Learn How to Use Your School Population to Identify Gifted Students
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, April 07, 2020 by Andilynn Feddeler

We know that many schools and districts struggle with how to develop local norms when identifying gifted and talented students. What are local norms? Why are they important? Where do you even start?

When identifying the students who need advanced academic interventions, program coordinators may wish to use the local student population, rather than national norms, as a comparison group. This approach is especially useful in schools that serve economically, linguistically, ethnically, and/or racially diverse populations. It is also useful if a district coordinator is concerned about inequitable identification of students who need advanced interventions across campuses.

Two approaches to developing local norms include: percentile rank for universal screening with the local population, and using the mean and standard deviation of a local population to calculate standard scores (z-scores) and convert those to percentiles.

To help you learn more about these norming methods, we put together this detailed guide on identifying gifted students with universal screening and local norms. You can also check out this recorded webinar for recommended practices, helpful tools, and strategies for conducting universal screening and using the results.