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California Standards Tests

The following types of scores are reported by grade level and content area for each school, district, county, and the state:

  • Mean scaled score is the group average scaled score for each grade and content area. The California Standards Test scaled scores range from approximately 150 to 600. Scores between 300 and 349 are at the Basic Performance Standard (Academic Achievement Standard) and scores of 350 or higher are at or above the Proficient Performance Standard.
  • % Advanced, % Proficient, % Basic, % Below Basic and % Far Below Basic is the percentage of students in the group whose scores were at this performance standard. The state target is for every student to score at the Proficient or Advanced Performance Standard.

California Alternate Performance Assessment
The following types of scores are reported by content area for each grade level statewide and for each CAPA level for schools, districts, and counties:

  • Mean scaled score is the group average scaled score for each grade and content area. The California Alternate Performance Assessment scaled scores range from approximately 15 to 60. Scores between 30 and 34 are at the Basic Performance Standard (Academic Achievement Standard) and scores of 35 or higher are at or above the Proficient Performance Standard.
  • % Advanced, % Proficient, % Basic, % Below Basic and % Far Below Basic is the percentage of students in the group whose scores were at this performance standard.
English-Language Arts
Level Performance Level
  Far Below Basic Below Basic Basic Proficient Advanced
I 15-25 26-29 30-34 35-45 46-60
II 15-23 24-29 30-34 35-40 41-60
III 15-22 23-29 30-34 35-40 41-60
IV 15-24 25-29 30-34 35-40 41-60
V 15-24 25-29 30-34 35-41 41-60
 

 

Mathematics
Level Performance Level
  Far Below Basic Below Basic Basic Proficient Advanced
I 15-20 21-29 30-34 35-42 43-60
II 15-25 26-29 30-34 35-40 41-60
III 15-24 25-29 30-34 35-42 43-60
IV 15-25 26-29 30-34 35-40 41-60
V 15-26 27-29 30-34 35-40 41-60


CAT/6
For each school, district, county and the state, the following types of scores are reported by grade level and content area:

  • NPR (national percentile rank) for "AVG" Student estimates the national percentile rank for a hypothetical average student in this group.
  • % Scoring Above 75th NPR is the percent of students in this group that scored above where 75% of the students in the national sample scored. If this group looked like the national sample, this number would be 25. A number greater than 25 indicates that the group had scores better than the national sample. A number less than 25 indicates that the group did not do as well as the national sample.
  • % Scoring At or Above 50th NPR is the percent of students in this group that scored at or above where 50% of the students in the national sample scored. This is the percentage of students considered as scoring at or above their grade level on this test.
  • % Scoring Above 25th NPR is the percent of students in this group that scored above where 25% of the students in the national sample scored. If this group looked like the national sample, this number would be 75.

Mean scaled score is the group average scaled score for each grade and content area. A scaled score is a number that the test publisher uses to calculate other scores. A table is used to convert the number of questions each student answered correctly to a scaled score. The scaled scores can then be averaged and used to look up other scores.

SABE/2
For each school, district, county, and the state, the following types of scores are reported by grade level and content area:

RPR (reference group percentile rank) of the "average" student estimates the individual percentile rank of a hypothetical average student in this group. Reference percentiles are similar to the national percentiles used for the CAT/6, but where the CAT/6 compares student achievement to a sample of students selected to represent the nation as a whole, the reference group used for the SABE/2 was selected to represent Spanish-speaking students in bilingual classes.

  • % (Percent of students) scoring above 75th RP is the percent of students in this group that scored above where 75% of the students in the reference group scored. If this group looked like the reference group, this number would be 25. A number greater than 25 indicates that the group had scores better than the reference group. A number less than 25 indicates that the group did not do as well as the reference group.
  • % (Percent of students) scoring at or above 50th RP is the percent of students in this group that scored at or above where 50% of the students in the reference group scored.
  • % (Percent of students) scoring above 25th RP is the percent of students in this group that scored above where 25% of the students in the reference group scored. If this group looked like the reference group, this number would be 75.
  • Mean scaled score is the group average scaled score for each grade and content area. A scaled score is a number that the test publisher uses to calculate other scores. A table is used to convert the number of questions each student answered correctly to a scaled score. The scaled scores can then be averaged and used to look up other scores.

 



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