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Performance Levels

Performance-Level Descriptors (PDLs) give teachers, parents/guardians and students more information about the typical skills and knowledge a student demonstrates on state assessments in each performance level. Committees of Washington state teachers, parents, community members and business representatives develop the PLDs during the standard-setting processes.

Performance Level Descriptors have been developed for every tested grade level. Please see TABLE (right).

  • Reading is tested in grades 3-8 and in high school.
  • Mathematics in grades 3-8, in Algebra 1/Integrated Mathematics 1 (Year 1), and in Geometry/Integrated Mathematics 2 (Year 2).
  • Writing is tested in grades 4, 7 and high school.
  • Science is tested in grades 5, 8 and high school.

PLDs are broken down by grade and by the score levels students can earn. NOTE: There are no PLDs for Below Basic (Level 1).

  • Basic (Level 2)
  • Proficient (Level 3)
  • Advanced (Level 4)

PDF  View or download the PLDs

Reading
Grade 3 | Grade 4 | Grade 5 |Grade 6 |Grade 7 | Grade 8 | High School

Writing
Grade 4 | Grade 7 | High School

Mathematics
Grade 3 | Grade 4 | Grade 5 | Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8

Science
Grade 5 | Grade 8

End-of-Course
Algebra 1/Integrated Mathematics 1 - (Year 1)
Geometry/Integrated Mathematics 2 - (Year 2)
Biology

Grade Reading Writing Mathematics Science
3 X   X  
4 X X X  
5 X   X X
6 X   X  
7 X X X  
8 X   X X
High School X X X  
End-of-course     Year 1
Year 2
X

  

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