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Testing Terminology

Ceiling Effect A test ceiling is the upper limit of an intelligence or achievement test. It is the top score a child can attain on a test regardless of what the child's ability is or what he or she knows.
Percentage A score reported on an assessment based on a preset standard for acceptable achievement. The performance of other examinees is irrelevant.
Percentile How an individual test taker's score compares to the scores of other test takers within a particular comparison group. They range from the 1st through 99th percentile.
Stanine (STAndard NINE) A method of scaling test scores on a nine-point standard scale with a mean of five and a standard deviation of two.
Grade Equivalent Score An average child of the grade specified would score about the same as your child, had he/she taken the same test.
Age Equivalent Score An average child of the age specified would score about the same as your child, had s/he taken the same test.
Out-of-Level testing assessing a student using a measure that was developed for students in another grade or age level.
Raw Score. The actual number of questions answered correctly
Standard Deviations shows how much variation or dispersion from the average exists.
Created by: rtemplin


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