## What is the difference between percentile and percent?

A percentile ranking represents how well a student performs compared to other students in a nationwide norm sample for their grade. A student scoring at the 93rd percentile scored as well as, or better than, 93 percent of students in the same grade in the norm group. It also means that 7 percent of the students exceeded this score.

A common mistake is for people to think this means that the student got 93 percent of the items correct. Percentile is not related to the percent of correct answers a student gets on a test.

Students who achieve typical growth will remain at approximately the same percentile score over time.

A common mistake is for people to think this means that the student got 93 percent of the items correct. Percentile is not related to the percent of correct answers a student gets on a test.

Students who achieve typical growth will remain at approximately the same percentile score over time.

A percent/percentage is an AMOUNT out of a hundred.

The percentile is the LOCATION within a group of a hundred.

The percentile is the LOCATION within a group of a hundred.