Not all reports use all of these items, but the items behave in a similar manner wherever you see them.
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Percentile Rankings: Many reports include percentile rankings. Scores may be ranked by group (students in the same class), by school, by district, and nationally. Rankings apply to students in the same grade. Rankings by group, school and district are considered "local norms".
Percentile Rankings are color coded, according to the following convention. Note that the color coding of percentile rankings does not correspond to risk. A score in the range of "some risk" (between the 40th and 15th percentiles) might be green, yellow, or brown.
Local norms use the current year's data, so class, school and district rankings may change as additional students within the group complete their assessments. Only tests taken within a designated screening period are ranked locally. Scores from tests taken outside of designated screening periods do not receive local rankings, and at least 70% of the group must have data for local norms to be calculated. The symbolindicates less than 70% of the group has been tested, the symbol indicates the test was taken outside of the designated screening period. Local norms are updated nightly.
National rankings are in reference to data from all FAST users from previous school years, so the national percentile ranking for a particular score is predetermined. Previous years' data becomes the current norm data for this school year. National percentile rankings are based on current norm data. See Benchmarks and Norms.
Growth Rankings: In some reports, such as the Group Growth Report, growth percentiles fall into the following color coded categories:
- Flat - Below the 15th percentile
- Modest - From the 15th percentile to the 40th percentile
- Typical - From the 40th to the 75th percentile
- Aggressive - At the 75th percentile and above
Risk Categories: The current national norms are used to determine the current year's benchmarks. Benchmarks indicate the level of risk associated with a range of scores. For most assessments, risk occurs at the 40th (some risk) and 15th (high risk) percentiles. Some assessments (aReading, aMath and CBMReading) also have a benchmark for college pathways, which occurs at or above the 70th percentile for grades K-8, and at or above the 75th percentile for grades 9-12. The symbols associated with risk are:
When a score falls into a risk category, the appropriate symbol precedes it. Scores without a preceding symbol, or with a college pathway symbol, are considered low risk.
Some reports show a box after the student’s score to indicate accuracy. The box is only displayed if the accuracy is less than 95%. For most assessments, accuracy is not a factor in the determination of the score itself, but is provided as additional information about the test experience.
Color Coded Scores: Some reports and pages, such as class lists, screening pages, and the Detailed Group Report, color code the scores by percentile. These may appear as a color coded circle containing the score, or (as in the Group Growth Report) as a colored square to the left of the score.
The color coding convention used is the same convention used for percentile ranking (see above); however, if the test was taken outside of the designated screening period, the score is in gray. Color coding, unless otherwise indicated, is based on national percentile ranking.
Progress Monitoring Symbols: Another set of symbols, color coded triangles and squares, are used on Progress Monitoring Reports to indicate how a student's actual performance corresponded to their goal line. The symbols can be interpreted as:
Green triangles pointing upward indicate the student's score was more than 10% above their goal line for that occasion.
Red triangles pointing down indicate the student's score was more than 10 % below their goal line for that occasion.
Green squares indicate the student's score was within +/- 10% of their goal line.
The absence of a symbol indicates the student was not set up for progress monitoring or has not been assessed yet.
These symbols also appear in the Progress monitoring sections of Class Lists, where they represent the results of the student's last five progress monitoring tests. If no symbols appear there, the student is not set up for progress monitoring, has not been tested yet, or does not yet have enough data to report a trend.