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 Summative Benchmark 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. 

Summative Benchmark Score Range

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

Proficiency Level Cut/Target Scores for the Summative Benchmark Assessments

The following table display the scaled level (cut) scores for Summative Benchmark Assessments.

Let's provide an example for fourth grade students that took the 4th Grade Mathematics Summative Benchmark. 

Test Administered

4th Grade Math Benchmark

Summative Benchmark Score: 1420 or Above

Students are proficient on 4th-grade skills.

Summative Benchmark Score: Below 1420 

The students are not proficient on 4th-grade skills.

The Summative Benchmark assessments are on-grade level tests for measuring student growth. 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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