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Grade-Equivalent Scores

Grade-equivalent scores are scores reported on norm-referenced assessments indicating the level at which an individual student performed compared with the average performance of students at other grade levels. The score is on a continuous developmental scale used for describing developmental level and measuring growth. Grade-equivalent scores are reported as a decimal number indicating the performance of a student in terms of grade level and month. For example, a score of 6.4 indicates performance at the sixth-grade level, the fourth month of school. Educational psychologists are interested in grade-equivalent scores for students to help provide a frame of reference for their developmental growth. It is important to understand the method for the development of the score and how the score should be interpreted.

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