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1. a fixed ideal or standard.
2. in particular, any of the rules by which human behavior is evaluated and which provide direction for achieving the values of a culture; the norms for a culture are usually learned in childhood.
norm referenced test a standardized test that has been carefully developed and has extensive reliability and validity data available.
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1. The usual value.
2. The desirable value or behavior.
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1. The usual value.
2. The desirable value or behavior.
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Q. i dont feel normal..

A. I think everyone puts too much emphasis on the term "normal". Everyone has a different normal... What is normal for me is not going to be normal for anyone else. I think it is so important for everyone to refrain from comparing themselves to others... One will never feel normal when comparing oneself to others.

If you are feeling less than normal for YOUR normal, I am sorry to hear that you are feeling that way. Try to remember everything is impermanant and this feeling will pass. You are perfectly you!

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A. Everyone has ups and downs wether or not you have bipolar disorder. A person needs to experience a variety of moods to experience life. Different situations call for a different mood/reaction. The goal is never to eliminate a person with bipolar disorders moods, the goal is to stabilize those moods so they do not become the extream moods that a person with bipolar will experience. It is natural to cry, laugh, get angry, get frusterated etc... Treatment is to stabilize those moods so they dont escillate to suicide, excessive spending, jail etc...

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A. It's a blood test used, with homocysteine, to evaluate deficiency of vitamin B12 and folic acid, especially when interpretations of blood tests of these vitamins are borderline or problematic.

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Because national norms are based on students with "average" educational circumstances, and the MPCP exclusively serves low-income inner-city students, the fact that their average levels of performance on norm referenced tests cluster around the lower one-third of the distribution is not surprising and should not be interpreted to indicate that the MPCP in general or MPCP schools in particular are necessarily doing a poor job of educating students.
ERIC Descriptors: Low Income Groups; School Choice; Achievement Gains; Testing; Demonstration Programs; Norm Referenced Tests; National Competency Tests; Program Effectiveness; National Norms; Grade 4; Longitudinal Studies; Grade 8; Grade 10; Lunch Programs; Accountability; Science Achievement; Reading Achievement; Mathematics Achievement; Scores; Urban Areas; Urban Schools; Comparative Analysis; Program Evaluation; Standardized Tests; Private Schools; Public Schools; Educational Assessment; Criterion Referenced Tests; Educational Legislation; State Legislation; School Statistics; Achievement Rating
ERIC Descriptors: School Choice; Testing; Academic Achievement; Demonstration Programs; Norm Referenced Tests; Measures (Individuals); Program Effectiveness; National Norms; Longitudinal Studies; Grade 4; Grade 8; Grade 10; Science Achievement; Mathematics Achievement; Reading Achievement; Scores; Achievement Gains; Urban Areas; Urban Schools; Standardized Tests; Program Evaluation; Private Schools; Public Schools; Educational Assessment; Criterion Referenced Tests; Low Income Groups; Comparative Analysis; Educational Legislation; State Legislation; Lunch Programs; Accountability