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Scale Score

The scale score is the measurement of a student's performance relative to different performance levels that have been identified by the state. These performance levels for MSA, MOD-MSA, and ALT-MSA are basic, proficient, and advanced. The scale score data is reported at the school, system, and state level as well as student level.

MSA scale scores range from 240 to 650. The scale scores for MSA reading, mathematics, and science are listed below by grade:

 Scale Score for Proficient Scale Score for Advanced Grade 3 388 456 Grade 4 371 437 Grade 5 384 425 Grade 6 381 421 Grade 7 385 425 Grade 8 391 425 English 396 429

 Scale Score for Proficient Scale Score for Advanced Grade 3 379 441 Grade 4 374 433 Grade 5 392 453 Grade 6 396 447 Grade 7 396 451 Grade 8 407 444 Algebra 412 450

 Scale Score for Proficient Scale Score for Advanced Grade 5 391 467 Grade 8 387 478 Biology 400 452

Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year the Mod-MSA was discontinued and those students are taking the MSA. MOD-MSA scale scores are not the same scores that are used to determine proficiency on the regular MSA in reading and mathematics for Grades 3 through 8. The MOD-MSA assesses the same content as the regular MSA but was designed with test items that are less complex and more accessible for a student with disabilities. Therefore, the modified assessments are different tests with separate standards and a different scale.

MOD-MSA scale scores range from 2 to 98. The scale scores for MOD-MSA reading and mathematics are listed below by grade:

 Scale Score for Proficient Scale Score for Advanced Grade 3 54 64 Grade 4 53 65 Grade 5 53 69 Grade 6 54 67 Grade 7 56 72 Grade 8 54 66

 Scale Score for Proficient Scale Score for Advanced Grade 3 54 66 Grade 4 53 67 Grade 5 54 70 Grade 6 56 69 Grade 7 54 71 Grade 8 60 73

The scale scores for ALT-MSA reading, mathematics and science are listed below by grade:

 Percent of Objectives Mastered Proficient Percent of Objectives Mastered Advanced Grade 3 60 90 Grade 4 60 90 Grade 5 60 90 Grade 6 60 90 Grade 7 60 90 Grade 8 60 90 Grade 10 60 90

 Percent of Objectives Mastered Proficient Percent of Objectives Mastered Advanced Grade 5 60 90 Grade 8 60 90 Grade 10 60 90