February 2004 Grade 4 English Language Arts (ELA) Test

Raw Score Range 2004

Scale Score Range

Performance Level

ELA 4

0-14

455-602

1

15-26

603-644

2

27-36

645-691

3

37-42

692-800

4

RD 4

0-12

455-602

1

13-22

603-644

2

23-31

645-691

3

32-34

692-800

4

 

The Grade 4 ELA test was designed to measure student progress in English language arts 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. The Grade 4 ELA test produces both ELA (i.e., listening, reading, and writing combined) scores and reading (RD) scores.

Raw Scores

A raw score is the number of points a student achieves. The raw score for ELA is derived by using all multiple-choice and open-ended items on the Grade 4 ELA 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.

The raw score for reading is derived by using all multiple-choice items and the three short open-ended items in the Reading/Writing section of the test. For the 2004 Grade 4 ELA Test, the maximum total raw score is 42 points for ELA and 34 points for reading. Raw scores cannot be compared from year to year.

Scale Scores

The scale scores show the level of proficiency a student has in English language arts and in reading. Scale scores were arrived at through a standard setting study conducted with an expert panel of New York State teachers. The Grade 4 ELA and reading scale scores use a numerical scale that runs continuously from beginning skills (scale score range of 455-602) to advanced skills (scale score range of 692-800). 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 difficulties of the test questions from year to year cause slight changes in the raw scores.

Performance Levels

Students are classified into one of the four levels of ELA performance based on their overall performance on the test as determined by their ELA scale scores. A similar classification places students into one of four reading levels. A student's performance level provides information on a student's abilities in relation to the New York State ELA 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 are the raw score-to-scale score conversion tables for 2004 ELA and reading (RD).

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":

Part 1 -- Test Structure, History, Types of Scores, Performance Indicates http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/assesspubs/pubsarch/detgr4&8scorelamat.pdf

Part 2 -- Frequently Asked Questions khttp://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/assesspubs/pubsarch/02dscorfaq.pdfa/assesspubs/pubsarch/02dscorfaq.pdf

 

 

G4ELA

Raw Score

G4ELA Scale Score

0

455

1

455

2

455

3

455

4

455

5

455

6

513

7

537

8

552

9

563

10

572

11

580

12

587

13

593

14

598

15

603

16

608

17

612

18

616

19

619

20

623

21

626

22

630

23

633

24

636

25

639

26

643

27

646

28

650

29

654

30

658

31

662

32

667

33

672

34

677

35

683

36

690

37

697

38

705

39

715

40

728

41

750

42

800

 

G4RD

Raw Score

G4RD Scale Score

0

455

1

455

2

455

3

455

4

455

5

455

6

506

7

547

8

566

9

579

10

588

11

596

12

602

13

607

14

612

15

616

16

620

17

624

18

628

19

631

20

635

21

638

22

642

23

646

24

649

25

653

26

658

27

662

28

668

29

674

30

681

31

691

32

704

33

728

34

800