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Cut Scores, Benchmarks and Benchmark Structures

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.

    Category Description Default Cut Score
          At/Above Benchmark (green) Students meeting or exceeding the benchmark score At/Above 40 PR
          On Watch (blue) Students slightly below the benchmark score Automatically calculated as the range between "At/Above Benchmark" and "Intervention"
          Intervention (yellow) Students below the benchmark score Below 15 PR
          Urgent Intervention (red) Students far below the benchmark score Below 6 PR

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.

STAR Reading
Viewing benchmarks
Editing benchmarks School Editing school benchmark structure
Editing school cut scores
School Network Editing school network benchmark structure
Editing school network cut scores
Selecting a default benchmark School network administrators and school network staff
School administrators and school staff