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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:

MSA Reading Scale Scores
  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

 

MSA Mathematics Scale Scores
  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

 

MSA Science Scale Scores
  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:

MOD-MSA Reading Scale Scores
  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

 

MOD-MSA Mathematics Scale Scores
  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:


ALT-MSA Reading and Mathmatics Scale Scores
  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

 

ALT-MSA Science Scale Scores
  Percent of Objectives Mastered Proficient Percent of Objectives Mastered Advanced
Grade 5 60 90
Grade 8 60 90
Grade 10 60 90