Quantile Framework RFP Language

Quantile Overview

The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics is a scientific approach to measuring mathematical achievement and concept/application solvability. A Quantile measure represents the difficulty of a mathematical skill, concept or application (called Quantile Skills and Concepts [QSCs]) and a developing mathematician’s mastery of the QSCs in the areas of Geometry, Measurement, Number Sense, Numerical Operations, Algebraic Thinking, and Data Analysis and Probability. The Quantile Framework spans the developmental continuum from kindergarten mathematics through the content typically taught in Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry and Pre-calculus, from EM400Q (Emerging Mathematician, 400Q below 0) to above 1600Q. Quantile measures take the guesswork out of determining which mathematical skills a developing mathematician has mastered and which ones require further instruction. All Quantile products, tools and services rely on the Quantile measure and the Quantile scale to match students with mathematical resources.

Using an assessment linked with The Quantile Framework for Mathematics provides a mechanism for matching each student’s mathematics ability with instructional resources on a common scale. It serves as an anchor to which materials and assessments can be connected allowing parents, teachers, and administrators to speak the same language. In addition, the Quantile Framework provides a common way to monitor whether students are “on track” for the mathematics demands of various post-secondary endeavors. Parents often ask questions such as the following:
  • How do I challenge my child to think mathematically?
  • How do I challenge my child in mathematics so that he or she is ready for various college and career options?

By using the Quantile Framework, the same metrics are applied to the instructional resources students engage with, the tests they take, and the results that are reported. Educators and parents will be able to answer these questions and will be better able to use the results from the test to improve instruction and to develop each student’s level of mathematics achievement. As a student grows, he or she can be matched with more demanding resources. And, as the resources become more demanding, then the student grows. The Quantile Framework for Mathematics was developed to appropriately match students with materials at a level where the student has the background knowledge necessary to be ready for instruction on new mathematical skills and concepts.

Quantile measures can be leveraged to communicate with teachers, parents, and all stakeholders through common, consistent, auxiliary score scales. The Quantile Framework for Mathematics was developed to appropriately match students with materials at a level where the student has the background knowledge necessary to be ready for instruction on new mathematical skills and concepts. More importantly, this framework—widely adopted by state education departments as well as by many publishers of instructional and/or assessment products—provides a common, consistent scale that can be used to monitor growth and track progress across multiple assessments and describe student achievement in relation to goals for college and career readiness.

MetaMetrics® has conducted extensive research to describe what it means to be “college ready” and also to be “career ready” in relation to mathematics demands. The first research brief was released in November 2014 and deals with the mathematics demands of textbook lessons within and across grades. The second research brief investigates the mathematics ability students need for college and career readiness based on an analysis of the mathematical concepts and skills that students may encounter as they begin their post-secondary education and/or enter the workplace. The final research brief quantifies the demand of mathematical skills and concepts associated with Bright Outlook Occupations (from O*NET). Additional phases are continuing every four to six months.

Quantile Tools

MetaMetrics provides access to the following tools and resources so that educators, parents, and students can utilize Quantile measures.

Tool URL Description Suggested For
Quantile Hub hub.lexile.com Brings together all the trusted tools from the Quantile Framework in a single, convenient place. Students, Parents, Educators
Quantile Math Skills Database https://hub.lexile.com/math-skills-database Search for Quantile Skills and Concepts (QSCs) using state standards to find targeted, free resources matched to students by Quantile measure and math content. Educators
Quantile Teacher Assistant https://hub.lexile.com/quantile-teacher-assistant Locate resources by state mathematics standards that aid instruction and identify skills and concepts relevant to the topic of the daily instruction to match with the Quantile range of the class or instructional groups Educators
Math@Home https://hub.lexile.com/math-at-home Search for targeted, free resources appropriately matched to students by Quantile measure and math content. Parents
Quantile Career Database https://hub.lexile.com/quantile-career-database Identifies the Quantile measures of materials associated with entrance into specific careers. Educators
Quantile Measures Manager https://hub.lexile.com/quantile-measures-manager Identify a student’s optimal mathematics measure when multiple assessments that produce Quantile measures show unexpected differences. Parents, Educators
Quantile Growth Planner https://hub.lexile.com/quantile-growth-planner Forecasts growth in mathematics ability so stakeholders can see if individual students are on track to graduate college and career ready. Students, Parents, Educators
Quantile Grade Level Charts https://hub.lexile.com/quantile-grade-level-charts Review grade-level performance powered by Quantile student norms to compare a student’s measures to their peers at different percentiles and test administration time of year. Parents, Educators