Quantile Measures at Home
Quantile measures defined
A Quantile measure indicates a child’s mathematical achievement level. It describes which mathematical skills and concepts the child has likely learned, new concepts the child is most likely ready to learn with some instruction, and those that will potentially require learning prerequisite skills first. Lessons in mathematics textbooks and other instructional resources also receive Quantile measures, enabling parents to connect their children with appropriate materials that can support their learning needs and help them to better appreciate the mathematics around them.
For additional information regarding The Quantile Framework for Mathematics, please view the Overview Video of the Quantile Framework for Mathematics (Flash).
Quantile measures are included in the SOL score reports that are sent to parents or guardians by school divisions. See a sample of the SOL Student Report (PDF)
What should you know about Quantile measures?
The Quantile measure is a number followed by the letter Q. Measures range from EM (meaning Emerging Mathematics Skills) to above 1600Q.
Your child's Quantile measure helps you know:
- where along the mathematics continuum (the journey in mathematics from early skills to more advanced ones) the student lies
- which specific skills a student is likely ready to learn next
- what skills a student has relative command of upon which to build new skills
- how difficult an upcoming skill in the curriculum is compared to the student's mathematical understanding
- what level of success a student is expected to have on an upcoming topic/skill, and
- a way to predict how that student will perform on high-stakes tests when multiple measures are taken all year
The Quantile Framework uses a Quantile measure to describe a student’s mathematical achievement, and the difficulty of specific mathematical skills and concepts.
Finding resources that will help your child
Once you have your child’s Quantile measure, you can connect him or her with thousands of resources including worksheets, textbook lessons, games, and websites that align with the specific skills and concepts on the Quantile scale.
More than 580 textbooks, 64,000 lessons and 3,100 downloadable resources that have been calibrated to the Quantile scale are available. Parents can utilize the following free tools:
Math@Home – Math@Home provides access to a growing number of family-friendly mathematical resources that support the textbook lesson a child is studying in school. The Math@Home utility helps your child strengthen his or her mathematical skills all year long. In addition, it provides unlimited access to a growing number of fun and engaging resources – like Web sites, worksheets, and videos – that support the textbook lessons your son or daughter has studied throughout the school year.
For more information, visit the Quantile Web site's Frequently Asked Questions.