May 2005 Grade 4 Mathematics (MA) Test

 

Raw Score Range 2005

Scale Score Range

Performance Level

MA 4

0-20

448-601

1

21-38

602-636

2

39-59

637-677

3

60-70

678-810

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The Grade 4 MA test was designed to measure student progress in Mathematics as defined by the New York State Learning Standards. The chart above shows three types of information that can be derived from the test: raw scores, scale scores, and performance levels.

Raw Score

Raw scores are a numerical representation of the number or degree of correct responses.

The raw score is derived by using all multiple-choice and open-ended items on the Grade 4 MA Test. Each multiple choice item is worth 1 point. The value of each open-ended item depends on the number of points in the rubric used to score the item. For instance, if a 4-point rubric is used, the item would be worth 4 points. For the Grade 4 MA Test, the maximum total raw score is 70 points. Raw scores cannot be compared from year to year.

Scale Score

The scale score shows the level of proficiency a student has in Mathematics (e.g., Operations, Measurement, and Mathematical Reasoning). Scale scores were arrived at through a standard setting study conducted with an expert panel of New York State teachers. The Grade 4 MA scale scores use a numerical scale that runs continuously from beginning skills (scale score range of 448-601) to advanced skills (scale score range of 678-810). The scale scores enable comparisons from year to year because the same scale score represents the same level of achievement for the New York State Standards, even if slight changes in the test from year to year cause slight changes in the raw scores.

Performance Level

Students are classified into one of the four levels of performance based on their overall performance on the test as determined by their MA scale scores. A student's performance level provides information on a student's abilities in relation to the New York State MA Learning Standards. New York State teachers established descriptions of the skills and knowledge required in each performance level. These descriptions are part of the individual student score report that is sent to schools by CTB/McGraw-Hill.  Below is the raw score-to-scale score conversion table for 2005 4MA.

More information on scoring can be found in the two-part electronic publication, "Determining the Scoring for the Grade 4 and the Grade 8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Examinations":  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/elintmath.html

G4MA

Raw Score

G4MA Scale Score

0

448

1

448

2

448

3

448

4

448

5

448

6

448

7

506

8

532

9

547

10

557

11

565

12

571

13

577

14

581

15

585

16

589

17

592

18

595

19

598

20

601

21

603

22

606

23

608

24

610

25

612

26

614

27

616

28

618

29

620

30

622

31

623

32

625

33

627

34

628

35

630

36

632

37

633

38

635

39

637

40

638

41

640

42

642

43

643

44

645

45

647

46

648

47

650

48

652

49

654

50

656

51

657

52

659

53

661

54

664

55

666

56

668

57

671

58

673

59

676

60

679

61

683

62

686

63

691

64

696

65

702

66

709

67

718

68

732

69

754

70

810