The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics

The Quantile Framework for Mathematics measures mathematics achievement and the difficulty of mathematical skills and concepts on the same scale.

What is a Quantile® Measure?

The Quantile Framework consists of a Quantile measure and the Quantile scale. A Quantile measure represents the difficulty of a mathematical skill, concept or application and a student’s understanding of these mathematical skills and concepts. Quantile measures are expressed as numeric measures followed by a “Q” (for example, 850Q) and represent a position on the Quantile scale.

The Quantile Framework spans the developmental continuum from Kindergarten mathematics through the content typically taught in Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Pre-calculus, from below 0Q (Emerging Mathematician) to above 1600Q.

Quantile measures take the guesswork out of determining which mathematical skills a developing mathematician has learned and which ones require additional or future instruction. They improve mathematics teaching and learning by helping educators and parents target instruction and monitor student growth toward the mathematical demands of college and careers.

Quantile Measures in West Virginia

Students will receive a Quantile measure from the West Virginia Department of Education WVGSA in Mathematics in Grades 3 – 8 and the SAT School Day exam in Grade 11.  Additionally, other instructional programs have the ability to report students’ performance in terms of Quantile measures. 

Using Quantile Measures to Assess College and Career Readiness

The skills and concepts of the Quantile Framework are aligned to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards. Two tools available on the Hub, Math Skills Database and the Quantile Teacher Assistant, allow you to search the database of Quantile skills aligned to West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards. Simply choose “West Virginia” from the drop-down menu to access the alignment.