Additional information added to student assessment exams in North Dakota
BISMARCK - New information on annual English and math exam results in North Dakota will help parents evaluate the academic progress of their children, the state superintendent said Tuesday, Nov. 13.
The information, called Lexile and Quantile Frameworks, is part of the North Dakota state assessment, Kirsten Baesler said. It will give parents valuable data on their childrens' reading and math skills. It will also aid students in setting advancement goals in both subjects, and help parents and teachers identify students who may need extra instruction.
The information is already included in a separate test, called MAP, which are administered in some North Dakota districts to measure a student's academic proficiency and growth, a news release said.
The Lexile framework measures the complexity of written text and a student’s ability to read and understand it. Quantile measures the difficulty of math skills and concepts, and each student’s ability to comprehend them.
These tools give teachers and parents the information they need to evaluate whether a student’s reading and math assignments are in line with his or her skills, Baesler said in the release.
Because of their use in MAP tests, the superintendent said Lexile and Quantile measurements are already familiar to many parents and students, but they have previously only been used in district-wide tests, the release said. Now they will be used as part of the North Dakota State Assessment results report, Baesler said. For the first time, students can use a test result from the state assessment and measure their progress throughout the year.