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May 2005 Grade 8 Mathematics (MA) Test

 

Raw Score Range 2005

Scale Score Range

Performance Level

MA 8

0-20

517-680

1

21-38

681-715

2

39-60

716-759

3

61-69

760-882

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 The Grade 8 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 8 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 8 MA Test, the maximum total raw score is 69 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 8 MA scale scores use a numerical scale that runs continuously from beginning skills (scale score range of 517-680) to advanced skills (scale score range of 760-882). 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 8MA.

 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

  

G8MA

Raw Score

G8MA Scale Score

0

517

1

517

2

517

3

517

4

517

5

517

6

576

7

609

8

625

9

635

10

643

11

649

12

654

13

659

14

662

15

666

16

669

17

672

18

675

19

678

20

680

21

683

22

685

23

687

24

690

25

692

26

694

27

696

28

697

29

699

30

701

31

703

32

705

33

706

34

708

35

710

36

711

37

713

38

715

39

716

40

718

41

720

42

721

43

723

44

725

45

726

46

728

47

730

48

732

49

733

50

735

51

737

52

739

53

741

54

743

55

745

56

748

57

750

58

753

59

755

60

759

61

762

62

766

63

770

64

775

65

781

66

790

67

801

68

821

69

882