MetaMetrics, the Durham-based firm that has developed reading and math comprehension measures for use in student tests across the US, has signed its first contract with a state to utilize both measures.

Mississippi will use Lexile (reading) and Quantile (math) measures for 260,000 students on end-of-grade assessments, MetaMetrics said Wednesday.

MetaMetrics was founded by RTP tech entrepreneurs Jack Stenner and Malbert Smith.

The Lexile Framework is used by states and testing companies across the country to measure reading comprehension of more than 20 million students. Quantiles, developed for math, was launched in 2004.

“In Mississippi, we are making great strides in student achievement in all subject areas, but we are always looking for ways to enhance student learning,” said Henry L. Johnson, Ph.D., state superintendent of education, Mississippi. “As the first state to adopt both Quantiles and the widely used Lexiles, we are providing teachers with important tools for linking state reading and math assessment results to classroom instruction, which will
continue to improve student learning.”