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.
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).
- 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.
- 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.
||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"
||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.