Different Percentile Rankings: The raw scores for aReading and aMath are carried out to 2 decimal places, then rounded up or down for reporting. Percentile ranking uses the decimal number. Two rounded scores may look the same in a report, but the non-rounded number falls into an adjacent percentile group. For example:

Two 5th grade students have a score of 221 in aMath in the Winter. The 45th percentile cutoff is 220.80. One student actually scored 220.75 and made it into the 44th percentile. The second student scored 220.85 and made it into the 45th percentile. Both scores were rounded up to 221.

You can see the students' unrounded scores by hovering over the score in the Group Report. Rounding up occurs at .5 and up. Below .5 rounds down.

Different Risk Levels: In some cases, the rounding causes two scores with the same whole number score to fall into two different risk levels. This usually occurs in aReading, aMath or earlyReading. For example:

Two 5th grade students have a score of 222 in aMath in the Winter. The benchmark for Some Risk is 222. One student actually scored 221.7 and is noted as High Risk. The second student scored 222.1 and is noted as Some Risk. Both scores were rounded to 222.

You can see the students' unrounded scores by hovering over the score in the Group Report. Rounding up occurs at .5 and up. Below .5 rounds down.