Cut Scores, Benchmarks and Benchmark Structures

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    Chris Job
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    Several of the STAR Reading reports use cut scores, benchmarks and benchmark structures to identify students who are having difficulty.

    – A cut score is a converted Percentile Rank (PR) score.

    – Cut Scores that are chosen as targets for students to meet or surpass are benchmarks.

    – School benchmarks are targets that apply to every student in a school (each year has its own benchmarks).

    – School network benchmarks are targets that apply to every student in a school network.

    Each type of benchmark can have different values; for example, school benchmarks may be set higher than school network benchmarks. One of these benchmarks can be chosen as a default benchmark (to be used in situations where a benchmark is required but one has not been chosen).

    – The number of categories, the category names and the minimum proficiency level chosen create a benchmark structure. There are four default categories, but the number of categories in the structure can be changed from two to five.

    Click one of the following links for instructions on how to change the number of categories in the structure and the cut scores and benchmarks that define them.

    Editing School Benchmark Structure
    Editing School Cut Scores
    Viewing Benchmarks
    Editing School Network Benchmark Structure
    Editing School Network Cut Scores

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