The Profile Report Bridgeway Academy uses to measure student growth is the Performance Series testing product from Global Scholar. As a member of Bridgeway Academy, there is no additional cost to you to use this product and receive information regarding your student’s scores. Bridgeway students should take the test at least two times each year.
We will never use the results of these tests to designate your child to a certain grade or ability level. The results are only used for making decisions on how best to improve the curriculum we are offering.
Scaled Score The Scaled Score is comparable to an "educational yardstick." The scores range from 1300 – 3700. As a student "grows" throughout the year and over the years, this is the score to look at to monitor longitudinal progress. The scale stays the same throughout the program so you and your academic advisor can track growth and progress over an extended period of time.
Here is a sample of what the scaled score will look like on the student profile:
Your academic advisor has access to data interpretation placement indicators to review your student’s scaled score with regards to your student’s grade and age. Your advisor will review this with you when discussing curriculum selections. Bridgeway Academy will also review the scaled score each time your student retakes the Performance Series test to see if your student has met the goals set by Bridgeway for observed mean gains. If your student falls below or exceeds the goal, your advisor will work with you on making modifications or supplementing your homeschool curriculum.
SIP Score - The SIP scores stands for "Standard Item Pool." Imagine all of the questions in Performance Series to be a pool, and in it are all of the items and skills available. In the following graphic, imagine that the "items" in the pool are all the questions available for the seventh-grade reading test:
To calculate the SIP score, all the items that are specifically for seventh-grade reading are selected, the other items are removed, and the seventh-grade items are aligned to the National Standards. This now becomes our "pool" for the SIP score.
Once the student begins the assessment, they are measured against this “pool.”
In this example, there were 18 seventh-grade reading items in the pool. The student should be able to answer 12 correctly, based on the answers during the assessment. The correct answers are then converted to a percentage, arriving at a SIP score of 67 percent. Generally speaking, this means that this student was able to correctly answer 67-percent of questions a seventh-grader would be expected to know. When reviewing your test scores, your advisor will consider the time of year of testing. The percentages change if the testing is at the beginning of the year vs. the middle or end of the year. Your advisor will also take into consideration the length of time between testings when looking at the mean gain your child has achieved.