What are Quantile measures?
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 educators to connect their children with appropriate materials that can support their learning needs and help them to better appreciate the mathematics around them.
Quantile measures are reported as either a numerical score of 5-1580 followed by the letter Q (e.g.,650Q) or as EM (Emerging Mathematics Skills). “Emerging Mathematics Skills” is used for any student whose SOL test scale score corresponds to a Quantile measure of zero.
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).
How can the Quantile measure help me support my students?
Educators can access an array of educational resources and tools that support differentiated instruction. The Quantile Framework allows educators to place a learner’s mathematical knowledge and mathematical content on the same developmental scale so a match can be affected.
Educators can utilize the following free tools:
- Targeted support resources
- Go to Quantiles.com.
- Select Use the Quantile Framework in the blue bar and select Math Skills Database in the drop-down menu.
- Select Keyword Search on the left.
- To target categories in which your child needs additional help, enter the Quantile measure from the SOL Student Report. Next, choose the strand that aligns with a reporting category (e.g., Number and Number Sense, Computation and Estimation) with a lower scaled score. Then, click Search and click the Resources tab. Finally, click any resource in the list for helpful activities.
- To target categories in which your child would benefit from enrichment, enter a Quantile measure that is 100Q higher than your child’s Quantile measure from the SOL Student Report. Next, choose the strand that aligns with a reporting category (e.g., Number and Number Sense, Computation and Estimation) with a higher scaled score. Then, click Search and click the Resources tab. Finally, click any resource in the list for enrichment activities.
- Math Skills Database – Math Skill Database (QTaxon Search) enables educators to search QTaxons by Quantile measure, keywords, mathematics strand, or state curricular alignments. QTaxons are mathematical skills and concepts typically taught between kindergarten and precalculus. The knowledge cluster for a QTaxon provides the prerequisite and supplemental QTaxons.
- Quantile Teacher Assistant – Quantile Teacher Assistant supports differentiated instruction by providing access to resources on specific mathematical skills and concepts that are aligned with state and the Common Core standards.
- Lesson Planning Template
- Textbook Search Engine – Textbook Search includes more than 500 textbooks, searchable by publisher, ISBN, author, title, or keyword. Textbook calibrations are at the lesson level, enabling educators to match students with targeted mathematics activities.
- Quantile Map – The Virginia Quantile Map provides a graphic representation of the mathematical skills and concepts aligned with content domains and Quantile measures.
- Free Quantile Webinars – These free Quantile webinars are offered on a monthly basis.
- Overview Video of the Quantile Framework for Mathematics (Flash)
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Quantile Framework
- Knowledge Cluster Brochure (PDF) – illustrates and explains the relationship between supplemental and perquisite skills associated with Quantile measure.
- Quantile Measures in the Classroom and at Home (PDF) – summary handout about the Quantile Framework from MetaMetrics
- Quantile Measures: Typical Grade Ranges (PDF)
For more information, visit Quantiles.com.