Misuse of Normative Scores

Normative scores can be misused in the following ways:

1. Using inappropriate norms (e.g. use of Standard American English norms for a speaker of a different dialect)

2. Drawing inappropriate assumptions based on test results (making general statements that test results alone could not sufficiently explain). Test scores may represent only scores and not actual differences in linguistic ability. If this is not realized prior to the administration and scoring of the test, the examiner may draw incorrect assumptions about the child relative to his/or her performance on the test.