Scaled Scored Information

Scaled Scored Information
Scaled Scored Information2018-09-24T11:36:16+00:00

WVDE is charged with determining and approving rigorous yet reasonable cut scores to ensure an accurate representation of student performance in English language arts (ELA), math, and science as mandated by state and federal law.

Standard Setting Process

To set cut scores and establish achievement levels for both the West Virginia General Summative Assessment in Grades 3-8 and the SAT School Day in Grade 11, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), in collaboration with its testing contractors, conducted standard setting meetings during the summer of 2018. Standard setting is the technical process in which panels of content experts participate in a federally approved process to determine cut scores per grade level, per content area. The panelists, which included West Virginia educators, business representatives, parents, and higher education faculty, set cut scores to determine four achievement levels – Exceeds Standard, Meets Standard, Partially Meets Standard, and Does Not Meet Standard.

The SAT School Day is administered to students in Grade 11. Students receive scores in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science. Grade 11 students also took the SAT Essay and received scores for their writing ability.

Presented in the charts below are the scaled score ranges for each achievement level for ELA, math, and science for the SAT School Day. Ranges for the SAT Essay also are presented.

Achievement levels descriptors provide a general description of student performance at each level. A cut score is a selected score point on the scale for each assessment that determines each of the achievement levels for that assessment.

2018 Grade 11 SAT School Day Scaled Score Ranges and Achievement Level Descriptors

English Language Arts 

Exceeds Standard

Above 570
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a thorough understanding of, and ability to, apply English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Meets Standard

470 – 570
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an adequate understanding of, and ability to, apply English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Partially Meets Standard

410 – 460
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an incomplete understanding of, and ability to, apply English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Does Not Meet Standard

Below 410
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a minimal understanding of, and ability to, apply English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Mathematics

Exceeds Standard

Above 580
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a thorough understanding of, and ability to apply, math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Math.

Meets Standard

520 – 580
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an adequate understanding of, and ability to apply, math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Math.

Partially Meets Standard

420 – 510
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an incomplete understanding of, and ability to apply, math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Math.

Does Not Meet Standard

Below 420
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a minimal understanding of, and ability to apply, math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Math.

Science

Exceeds Standard

Above 30
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a thorough understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-band science knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia NxGen Science Standards.

Meets Standard

27 – 30
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an adequate understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-band science knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia NxGen Science Standards.

Partially Meets Standard

22 – 26
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an incomplete understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-band science knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia NxGen Science Standards.

Does Not Meet Standard

Below 22
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a minimal understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-band science knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia NxGen Science Standards.

Essay

Meets Expectation

13 – 24
Overall Essay Scaled Score Range
Scale (6 -24)

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student has met the performance level and demonstrates an effective or advanced understanding of the knowledge and skills in reading, analysis, and writing needed for college and career readiness and relative performance on the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for English Language Arts.

Does Not Meet Expectation

6 – 12
Overall Essay Scaled Score Range
Scale (6 -24)

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student has not met the performance level and demonstrates an inadequate understanding of the knowledge and skills in reading, analysis, and writing needed for college and career readiness and relative performance on the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for English Language Arts.

NOTE: For a student to have meet expectations, he or she must have a minimum overall score of 13 and a minimum score of 4 in each writing dimension.