A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the Individual Student Report 2

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the Individual Student Report 2


Welcome to A Parent’s Guide to the Connecticut Smarter Balanced Test, Individual Student Report. This brief video will help you understand your child’s Smarter Balanced score report. If your child participated in this test last year, then you should receive a score report for your child sometime in the early fall. The Smarter Balanced test measures a student’s knowledge and skills in English language arts and mathematics. The test is carefully built around what all students need to know in each grade as described in the Connecticut Core Standards. The most important number in the score report is the scale score. This score is shown in large print on the top left for each subject. The Smarter Balanced test is given to students in each grade, from Grades 3 to 8. Scale scores for all grades are reported on the same scale. This means that you can use the scores to track your child’s progress from one grade to the next. This scale goes from a low of about 2200, to a high of about 2800. If your child took the Smarter Balanced test for two consecutive years, then those two scale scores will appear on the report. The most recent scale score will be on the right, while the older scale score will be on the left. Notice that the scale for each grade is divided into four levels of achievement. So what’s a good score? Of course, higher is better, but at a minimum, we’d like to see the student’s score in level three. The minimum score for each level is displayed within the level. The highest score for each grade is also displayed at the very top of the bar. If you have two scores reported for your child, then look to see if your child’s score has improved from one grade to the next. Has the scale score increased? Has your child moved from one achievement level to another? If your child’s achievement level has remained the same, has your child’s position within that level improved? As a point of reference, the average scale score for your child’s school and district are also provided. In addition to the overall scale score, each subject also offers three sub scores for each subject under the heading, “Areas of Knowledge and Skill.” The score categories for these three areas will be either Above Standard, shown with a check mark; Approaching Standard, shown with an equal sign; or Below Standard, shown with a caution sign. Your child’s individual student report now includes Lexile and Quantile measures aligned to a student’s overall ELA and math scores. The Lexile measure is a scale used to measure reading ability, and can be used to match a student with appropriately complex text. Using this newly available resource, you may find books that can improve your child’s reading. Just go to fab.lexile.com, and type in the Lexile number your child received to find book lists at that level of difficulty. The Quantile measure is a scale used to connect students to instructional materials in math that match their abilities based on the Smarter Balanced math scores. By providing these measures, students can be connected to leveled materials that aid in learning and promote growth toward college and career readiness. Using this newly available resource, you may find instructional resources and activities that can improve your child’s understanding of mathematics content. These activities and resources can be found at www.quantile.com. On the reverse of the report is general information about the Smarter Balanced test. Remember the Smarter Balanced test is an important indicator of achievement and progress, but it is not the only indicator. If you have any questions about your child’s report, please reach out to your child’s teachers. They’re in the best position to help you not only understand this report, but also to offer suggestions on how you can work with the school to support your child’s education. You can also visit the Connecticut State Department of Education at www.ct.gov/sde/performanceoffice for additional information. Thank you.

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