When using multiple forms of an assessment, there will be variations in scores across forms and from one test administration to another. These variations make it difficult to compare students’ scores across test administrations and over time. Classworks has created a common vertical scale based upon national field test results to alleviate this issue.

Classworks Universal Screener assessments provide parallel forms to allow comparability of scores over time and to allow accurate measurement of growth. 

Vertically scaling students’ scores allows the comparison of test scores across individual administrations of a test. It also allows a meaningful comparison of those scores from year to year to document student progress. 

Universal Screener Score Ranges

The table below displays the lowest and highest score ranges a student can receive on the Universal Screener.

Readiness Level Cut/Target Scores

The following table display the scaled level (cut) scores for Universal Screener Assessments. Universal Screener scaled score targets were updated August 2019. For more information on the reliability and validity of the Classworks Universal Screener go to https://charts.intensiveintervention.org/chart/academic-screening.

Let's provide an example for second grade students that took the 2nd Grade Mathematics Universal Screener. 

Assessment Administered

2nd Grade Mathematics Screener

Universal Screener Score: 290 or Above

Students with 290 or above are ready for 2nd-grade mathematics instruction.

Universal Screener Scores: Below 290

Students may need additional mathematics intervention.

The Universal Screeners are readiness tests. The assessment combines on-grade level material with items from lower grades.

Time-of-Year Targets

Scaled Scores are expected to increase over the course of the year. The following tables list the expected target scores for the beginning, middle, and end of the year for each grade and subject.

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