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 parents 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 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 can my child’s Quantile measure tell me?
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 which specific skills he/she is ready to learn.
How can the Quantile measure help me support my 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.
Parents can utilize the following free tools:
- Parent’s Guide to the Quantile Framework for Mathematics
- The Quantile Framework for Mathematics in the 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. In addition, it provides unlimited access to a growing number of fun and engaging resources – like Web sites, worksheets, and videos – that support student instruction.
- 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.
- 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 the Quantile Web site's Frequently Asked Questions.