Students take different types of standardized tests, which districts may purchase from testing companies or which may be required by state departments of education for purposes of school accountability. These are the external interim and summative tests we discussed in Lesson 1. A good understanding of standardized test scores is important for their accurate interpretation and appropriate use.
In this lesson you will be introduced to:
- scaled scores and performance levels, the two primary metrics used in student score reports;
- how scaled scores and performance levels are created;
- why both scaled scores and performance levels are included in score reports;
- how to interpret and use scaled sores and performance levels;
- recommended activities and resources to deepen your understanding of scaled scores and performance levels.
- Why Do Standardized Testing Programs Report Scaled Scores? by Xuan Tan and Rochelle Michel (ETS)
- Reporting Scores by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
- Facilitator Guide to help you build the capacity of others using this video lesson.