Norms for the COPSystem Assessments

The 2009 norms for the COPSystem assessments are available. These data were gathered from 2004 through 2007, and are based on a sample of 22,691 students in grades 6-12. The National sample was aggregated based on a weighted population of students from four geographic regions of the U.S. identified by the 2000 U.S. Census Report.

Table 1 presents a summary of the sample sizes from each region by gender. These groupings were used to explore possible mean differences in students’ vocational interests, values, and abilities as a function of where they live and attend school.

Region Males Females Totals
West 2,779 2,471 5,250
South 4,278 4,210 8,488
Northeast 2,068 2,066 4,134
Midwest 2,461 2,358 4,819
Totals 11,586 11,105 22,691

Table 1. — Summary of Normative Data by Region and Gender

Consistent with previous normative analyses, comparisons were made across gender, grade level, and region to explore which of these factors, if any, revealed mean differences. Of these factors, only gender revealed consistent mean differences on levels of occupational interest.

This suggests that scale means for males and females are reported separately, as has been done in the past, for the COPS. Thus, all four regions were aggregated at the national level and two normative distributions, one for each gender, were determined for students in grades 6 through 12. Similar analyses were conducted on the COPES and CAPS inventories.

As in previous years, separate normative distributions were produced only when mean differences were observed that strongly and significantly influenced the interpretation of scores. Normative analyses of the CAPS (ability battery) revealed mean differences as a function of grade level. The student profiles reflect this trend, such that grades 8-9 are combined separately from grades 10-12.

The multiple profiles discussed here have been developed using best practices methodology. Our goal throughout this process has been to increase the overall meaningfulness and effectiveness of the recommendations made by those who rely on the COPSystem to assist them as they guide examinees during their career exploration process.

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