About Quantile® Measures for Mathematics
Can an assessment score help educators and parents match students to the right math resources? It can if it’s linked to the Quantile Framework for Mathematics and reports a Quantile measure.
The Quantile Framework helps K–12 educators and parents measure student math ability and connects students with resources at their ability level. Matching students with the right instructional resources gives them the tools they need to learn and grow. With the Quantile Framework, educators can also explore the interconnectedness of mathematical skills and concepts and identify those elements that are critical to help student learning progress.
The Quantile Framework enables state departments of education to bring the power of personalized math instruction to their assessments and programs. It’s a thoroughly tested, scientific approach that measures both student math ability and mathematical learning materials on the same developmental scale.
Students receive Quantile student measures from their state assessment and/or their local school’s math assessment or program.
Instructional resources are assigned Quantile skill and concept measures based on the difficulty of the content included in the resources.
When Quantile student measures are matched to Quantile skill and concept measures, educators and parents can find resources that match the student’s ability and needs. If the measures are not a good match, then the materials are either too hard or too easy.
Benefits to State Departments of Education
Many states already use Quantile measures in their state assessments. In addition, we provide individual support for 12 state departments of education who leverage the Quantile Framework to support their state learning goals. When we partner with a state department of education, they can:
- Demonstrate the value of state assessments to stakeholders by showing student growth on a nationally recognized scale.
- Access an interpretive framework for looking at assessment data.
- Connect state assessment results to classroom instruction.
- Engage parents in their children’s education.
- Evaluate student assessment growth from a longitudinal perspective.
- Monitor their instructional improvement goals.
Access an Interconnected Network of Math Skills & Concepts
At MetaMetrics®, we’ve identified more than 500 mathematical skills and concepts and mapped them to the Quantile® scale. This means that we know the difficulty level for each concept or skill, as well as its relationship to other math skills and concepts. Through this interconnected network, which we refer to as “knowledge clusters”, educators are better able to inform their instruction on how to best to approach a skill or concept by pinpointing which skills build upon each other. Educators can also use this network to identify gaps in mathematical knowledge and to guide progress towards more advanced topics.
Who Uses Quantile Measures?
A growing number state departments of education, as well as instructional products and assessments, use Quantile measures as a growth measure and to connect students with ability appropriate materials. Use this map to see our state department of education partners, and learn more about the how they’ve leveraged Quantile measures to support student achievement in their states.