grade equivalenteducation dictionary

The school grade level for a given population for which a given score is the median score in that population.

Grade Equivalent scores are useful primarily because of three characteristics: 1) they indicate the developmental level of the pupil's performance, 2) they may be averaged for the purpose of making group comparisons, and 3) they are suitable for measuring growth. For example, if a student obtains a grade equivalent score of 6.3 on a math test we would say that his raw score is equivalent to the average raw score obtained by students in the norm group who were in their third month of the sixth grade.

A grade equivalent score does not equate to performance in the classroom. Grade equivalents are the first step in the further analysis of raw data. All subsequent statistics are directly related to the grade equivalent.

(28 Feb 2006)

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