ERIC Number: ED314396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep-29
Should Norm-referenced Standards or Criterion-referenced Standards Be Used in Evaluating Youth Fitness Tests?
In this discussion of whether youth fitness tests should be evaluated with norm-referenced standards or criterion-referenced standards, it is pointed out the the suitability of the test depends upon the purpose for which the test is administered. A high level of physical fitness is linked with health, at least in adults, which suggests that physical fitness testing is done for the purpose of health screening and motivating students. For this purpose, criterion-referenced standards are more suitable. Norm-referenced standards are useful for comparing groups and selecting talented athletes, but do not necessarily link health and fitness. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter Meeting (September 29, 1989).