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**A quick review of z-scores and how to understand them August 26, 2011**

What is a Z-Score? A quick review of z-scores and how to understand them August 26, 2011

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Z-Score “Cheat Sheet” Z-scores are a standardized measure that helps you compare individual student (or school) data to state average data. Student z-score = (Student Scale Score) – (Statewide average of scale scores) Standard Deviation of Scale Score School z-score= (School Value) – (Statewide average of that value) Standard deviation of that value

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**Z-Score “Cheat Sheet” Z-scores are centered around zero**

Positive numbers mean the student or school is above the state average Negative numbers mean the student or school is below the state average State Average …Worse than state average Better than state average…. -3 -2 -1 1 2 3

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Z-Score Examples Your school has a z-score of You are better than the state average. Z-score of 1.5 State Average …Worse than state average Better than state average…. -3 -2 -1 1 2 3

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Z-Score Examples Your school has a z-score of .2. You are better than the state average, but not by a lot. Z-score of 0.2 Z-score of 1.5 State Average …Worse than state average Better than state average…. -3 -2 -1 1 2 3

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Z-Score Examples Your school has a z-score of You are very far below state average. Z-score of -2.0 Z-score of 0.2 Z-score of 1.5 State Average …Worse than state average Better than state average…. -3 -2 -1 1 2 3

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