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Why Scale Scores are Better than Grade Level Equivalents

Do you need to assess adult learners' skills and understand assessment results? Are you confused by the debate about whether these assessments should report results as "scale scores" or "grade level equivalents"? The truth is, grade level equivalents reference the wrong performance indicators, report performance on a less relevant scale for adults, and don't tell you what you think they do. The main reason some people prefer grade level equivalents to IRT scale scores is they think grade level equivalents are more comprehensible to a lay audience. But even this is not true. With minimal explanation, scale scores linked to basic skill competencies can provide more meaningful information than grade level equivalents. Download this free White Paper to learn more.

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