Interpreting Candidate Test Results

The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification uses scaled scores to summarize and report candidate performance. A scaled score is a conversion of the numerical raw score achieved on the test to a score in the predetermined range used for each test. Scaled scores are used to ensure consistency in reporting and considering scores from tests that comprise different numbers and types of test questions but display an overall similarity of use and purpose. The scoring scale currently in use in the program is a 100 to 300 scale, with passing scores for each test set at a scaled score of 220.

Reporting for Institutions

Following each score reporting date, the secure reporting website for institutions is populated with updated examinee results data. The information made available on this site is reported expressly for use by preparation program faculty and administrators, and is therefore kept secure. The data provide information on those candidates who, during the registration process, indicated that the institution or organization should receive their test results.

Authorized users of the score-reporting system may view, analyze, reorganize, download, and print reports based on test results data and on background information gathered during test registration, and therefore have the ability to generate custom reports for themselves. The system allows users to access candidate, test, and program data, giving them the following capabilities:

  • creating relevant and timely reports on examinee and educator preparation program test results
  • customizing data queries to align with program goals and areas of interest
  • aggregating performance data across testing program years
  • exporting data to Microsoft® Excel or other report software and printing graphics
  • analyzing examinee and program data for numerous variables (including self-reported data such as gender and ethnicity)

More detailed information about Analyzing Program Data is available here.

Test Results Information for Candidates

With each score report, candidates are sent an explanation of how to read and interpret their scores. Additional information to help explain the scoring and reporting process to candidates is also available on this website.

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