What data is in the reports?

The Research, Evaluation and Assessment department has provided the information below to help staff better understand the data included in the reports area of CFS.

MCA

The growth score is based on how well that student did compared to others with their same score during the last testing. A growth score of 0 means that this group’s growth was, on average, the same as the average growth of all students across the state. A score higher than 0 means it was higher than the average growth of all students across the state. A score lower than 0 means it was lower than the average growth of all students across the state. This number typically ranges between 3 and -3.

The scores for the MCA strands are on a “stanine” scale. To read more about how stanine scores are created, please see: http://oms.umn.edu/mstp/tests_and_services/glossary.php#s.

The best use for strand scores is to identify and help students who scored substantially lower in one or two strands compared to the other strands. To illustrate, we can roughly divide students into two different scenarios: students with a similar/uniform strand scores and students with a distinct/non-uniform strand score pattern.

SIMILAR/UNIFORM STRAND SCORES
Explaination:
Most students will receive similar/uniform stanine scores across strands. For these students, strand scores are not particularly helpful. That is, the total score is sufficient because the strand scores do not provide additional information.

Example:

  • Total score: 655
  • Strand scores (stanines)
  • Number and Operation: 6
  • Algebra: 6
  • Geometry and Measurement: 7
  • Data Analysis and Probability: 6

Guidance:
Students who exhibit a similar/uniform pattern of stanine scores will continue to benefit from standards-based instruction broadly (i.e., instruction covering all strands rather than a specific strand).

DISTINCT/NON-UNIFORM STRAND SCORE PATTERN:
Explaination:
A smaller percentage of students will exhibit a distinct/non-uniform pattern of strand scores. For these students, the strand scores are meaningful and useful for raising their overall achievement.

Example:

  • Total score: 645
  • Strand scores (stanines)
  • Number and Operation: 6
  • Algebra: 2
  • Geometry and Measurement: 7
  • Data Analysis and Probability: 6

Guidance:
When students exhibit distinct/non-uniform strand score patterns, it presents a great opportunity for strand-specific instruction. For example, a student who scored 6, 2, 7, 6 has fallen behind in the second strand and could benefit from instruction specific to that strand (which is likely to increase their total score, too).
 

MAP

MAP Growth: Meeting target depends on how a student did compared to others in their grade, subject, and starting MAP score.

%ile: The percentage of students nationwide ranking below this student’s score within their grade.

Growth Status: Meeting growth target depends on how a student did compared to others in their grade, subject, and starting MAP score.

Target Growth: Average growth for students within a grade, subject and starting scale score.

Lexile: Readability score based on the lexile measure.

 

PLAN

Rhetorical Skill Avg: “This score ranges from 1 to 16”.

Usage Mechanics Avg: “This score ranges from 1 to 16”.

Scale Score Avg (under English): “This score ranges from 1 to 32”.

Scale Score Avg (under Reading): “This score ranges from 1 to 32”.

Composite Scale Score Avg: “This score ranges from 1 to 32”.

Algebra & Geometry scale scores range from 1 to 16. The total Math scale score ranges from 1 to 32.
Science scale score ranges from 1 to 32.

College Ready (math): N = Did not meet the college readiness benchmark/received a score less than 19, Y = Met the college readiness benchmark/received a 19 or higher

College Ready (reading): N = Did not meet the college readiness benchmark/received a score less than 21, Y = Met the college readiness benchmark/received a 21 or higher

 

EXPLORE

Composite, Reading or English: Scale score ranges from 1 to 32

College Ready (reading): N = Did not meet the college readiness benchmark/received a score less than 13, Y = Met the college readiness benchmark/received a 13or higher

Rhetorical Skill Avg: This score ranges from 1 to 12.

Usage Mechanics Avg: This score ranges from 1 to 12.

Scale Score Avg (under English): This score ranges from 1 to 25.

Scale Score Avg (under Reading): This score ranges from 1 to 25.

Composite Scale Score Avg: This score ranges from 1 to 25.

College Ready (math): N = Did not meet the college readiness benchmark/received a score less than 17, Y = Met the college readiness benchmark/received a 17or higher

College Ready (science): N = Did not meet the college readiness benchmark/received a score less than 20, Y = Met the college readiness benchmark/received a 20 or higher