FastBridge offers the following:
Because of the controversial nature of grade equivalent scores and the high likelihood for introducing confusion when interpreting those scores, we do not currently provide grade level equivalents. They so easily are misinterpreted by parents -- and even often by educators -- that we have avoided them.
- Benchmark cut scores that indicate whether students are at low risk, some risk, or high risk of passing CCSS-aligned high-stakes tests (and we are happy to run correlations for your schools, too, if you want custom benchmarks with your state test.)
- Local normative scores and percentiles at the classroom, school by grade, district, and national levels, plus growth norms/percentiles
- Scaled scores and raw scores (depending on the measure)
- Lexiles for aReading
For example, if a 2nd grade student obtains a grade-equivalent of 5.5 on a standardized math or reading test, it does not mean that the student is solving math problems or reading at the mid-5th grade level. Rather, it means that she or he can solve 2nd grade math problems or read 2nd grade material as well as the average 5th grade student can read and solve 2nd grade math problems.
Unfortunately, many people interpret Grade Level Equivalents (GLE's) as the former, not the latter of the two options above. Thus, we offer other methods of describing performance that are less likely to be misunderstood.