How We Grade
Step 1. Identify the indicators
Indicators, or measures, are selected for each performance category—preparation, participation,
affordability, completion and benefits. All indicators used in Measuring Up 2000:
Step 2: Weight indicators
Each indicator is assigned a weight based on its importance to the performance category.
- are important in assessing performance in the category,
- are collected regularly by reliable, public sources that follow accepted practices for data collection,
- are comparable across the 50 states, and,
- measure performance results.
Step 3: Identify top states for each indicator
State results on each indicator are converted to a scale of 0 to 100, using the top five states as the
benchmark. This establishes a high, but achievable, standard of performance.
Step 4: Identify best state for each category
State scores for each category are calculated from the state’s results on the indicators and the indica-tors’
weights. These category scores are converted to a scale of 0 to 100 based on the performance
of the top state in the category.
Step 5: Assign grades
Grades are assigned based on the category scores, using a grading scale common in many high
school and college classes:A = 90–100; B = 80–89; C = 70–79; D = 60–69; F = below 60
For additional grading information, please visit the web site www.highereducation.org.