The National Center for Response to Instruction (NCRTI) rated the Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI) with highest marks for validity and reliability as a progress monitoring tool. Progress monitoring allows educators to better understand student achievement over time, which is often difficult. Many assessment tools may diagnose specific topics in which students struggle but often do not provide sufficient feedback to help educators monitor student growth over time or inform their instruction.
Response to Intervention is a methodology for identifying and providing timely intervention for struggling students. With funding from the US Department of Education, the American Institutes for Research and researchers from Vanderbilt University and the University of Kansas formed NCRTI to assist states and districts in implementing proven Response to Intervention strategies. NCRTI rated SMI as offering “convincing evidence” for the following areas:
• Reliable performance level score
• Valid performance level score
• Availability of alternate forms
• Sensitivity to student improvement
• End-of-year benchmarks identification
• Rates of improvement specification
SMI provides computer-adaptive benchmark assessments for students beginning in grade two through a first course in Algebra. Each time a student completes an assessment, SMI provides a student with a metric called a Quantile® measure. Because all of the assessments, from grade two through Algebra I, use the same Quantile metric, this student measure can be used by teachers to monitor student growth, not only within a school year but also from year to year.
The student measure also helps teachers analyze students’ readiness for instruction on mathematics skills and concepts. The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics also provides Quantile measures for individual skills and concepts taught in grades two through Algebra I (and actually more than that – kindergarten through high school). A teacher can use the measure of the concept being taught in comparison with the student measure to gain insight as to whether the student is ready for instruction on that particular topic. If the student measure does not match with the measure of the skill or concept, the teacher can identify other related topics with measures that do match. The measure provided by the SMI assessment can be used to target instruction and provide students with related material for which the student is prepared.
The Quantile Framework can work with most mathematics assessments to provide a student Quantile measure. Please visit the Quantile website to see the instruments that currently report Quantile measures.