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  Measuring Up 2000 Earns National Attention
  Questions and Answers about Measuring Up 2000
  How We Grade
  Measuring Up 2000 is Released at the National Press Club
  Important Questions
  Addressing Student Learning
  How Does Measuring Up 2000 Measure Up?
  Focusing Public Attention
  Making the Grade
  Sobering Up in 2001
  A Gift for Our Nation
  A Good “First Draft”
  A Herculean Effort
  A Useful Tool
  A Fair Comparison
  Meaningful, Measurable Goals

National CrossTalk Fall 1999
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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:

  • 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 2: Weight indicators Each indicator is assigned a weight based on its importance to the performance category.

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

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