Achievement Standards

Proficiency Level Descriptors

A proficiency level descriptor (PLD) is a description of what students know and are able to do by content area, grade, and level. The bulleted PLDs were adopted by the Board May 30, 2007. The summary paragraphs will appear on the indivdual student reports.

Language Usage

PLD Language Usage Grade 3
Summary Paragraph

PLD Language Usage Grade 4
Summary Paragraph

PLD Language Usage Grade 5
Summary Paragraph

PLD Language Usage Grade 6
Summary Paragraph

PLD Language Usage Grade 7
Summary Paragraph

PLD Language Usage Grade 8
Summary Paragraph

PLD Language Usage Grade 9
Summary Paragraph

PLD Language Usage Grade 10
Summary Paragraph

Reading

PLD Reading Grade 3
Summary Paragraph

PLD Reading Grade 4
Summary Paragraph

PLD Reading Grade 5
Summary Paragraph

PLD Reading Grade 6
Summary Paragraph

PLD Reading Grade 7
Summary Paragraph

PLD Reading Grade 8
Summary Paragraph

PLD Reading Grade 9

PLD Reading Grade 10
Summary Paragraph

Science

PLD Science Grade 5
Summary Paragraph

PLD Science Grade 7
Summary Paragraph

PLD Science Grade 10
Summary Paragraph

Math

PLD Math Grade 3
Summary Paragraph

PLD Math Grade 4
Summary Paragraph

PLD Math Grade 5
Summary Paragraph

PLD Math Grade 6
Summary Paragraph

PLD Math Grade 7
Summary Paragraph

PLD Math Grade 8
Summary Paragraph

PLD Math Grade 10
Summary Paragraph

New ISAT Cut Scores

Approved by the State Board of Education May 30, 2007

  Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10
Reading  
Advanced 208 and up 214 and up 219 and up 223 and up 227 and up 229 and up 232 and up 235 and up
Proficient 192-207 198-213 204-218 208-222 212-226 214-228 217-231 220-234
Basic 187-191 193-197 197-203 201-207 204-211 207-213 209-216 211-219
Below Basic 186 and below 192 and below 196 and below 200 and below 203 and below 206 and below 208 and below 210 and below
Math  
Advanced 204 and up 216 and up 224 and up 231 and up 237 and up 243 and up 247 and up 251 and up
Proficient 190-203 201-215 211-223 218-230 223-236 229-242 233-246 238-250
Basic 181-189 193-200 202-210 209-217 215-222 220-228 226-232 230-237
Below Basic 180 and below 192 and below 201 and below 208 and below 214 and below 219 and below 225 and below 229 and below
  Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10
Language Usage  
Advanced 207 and up 216 and up 222 and up 227 and up 232 and up 236 and up 239 and up 242 and up
Proficient 196-206 203-215 209-221 214-226 218-231 221-235 224-238 226-241
Basic 188-195 195-202 201-208 206-213 209-217 213-220 216-223 218-225
Below Basic 187 and below 194 and below 200 and below 205 and below 208 and below 212 and below 215 and below 217 and below
Science  
Advanced     216 and up   219 and up     230 and up
Proficient     206-215   213-218     219-229
Basic     194-205   206-212     213–218*
Below Basic     193 and below   205 and below     212 and below

*NOTE: Students currently enrolled in 8th grade would be required to pass the science ISAT when they take the test in 10th grade. This would mean the class of 2013 would be the first class required to pass the science ISAT.

 

ISAT Graduation Cut Scores

  2007 Graduation Proficient 2008 Graduation Proficient
Reading 217* 220
Math 235* 238
Language Usage 223* 226

 

Tenth grade students can bank proficiency by content area beginning in the fall of their 10th grade school year. The measure for proficiency is the cut score for the year they are taking the test.

For 10th, 11th and 12th grade students who pass parts of the Tenth Grade Graduation Test:

  • The first opportunity for a student to bank a score is fall of their 10th grade year. Students are able to bank proficiency by content area –not a score or number.
  • If students have banked “proficiency” on the 10th grade test in any content area, they do not re-test in that content area on subsequent ISAT Retest opportunities.
  • Re-testing 11th and 12th grade students will take the content areas not passed and be evaluated on the Graduation Test with current cut scores.
    Note: Students may NOT bank a numerical score and receive a retroactive proficiency based on a subsequent resetting of cut scores.
  • If a student has taken the 10th grade Graduation Test and not scored proficient in one or more content areas, that student will continue to re-take the test in the current form until they pass or meet alternate graduation requirements. We recommend that seniors who have not met proficiency in the fall begin an alternate process for meeting graduation requirements.

 

ISAT AYP Percent Proficient Targets

Approved by the State Board of Education August 2006

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

 
Reading 66% 72% 78% 85% 92% 100%
 
Math 51% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
 
Language Usage 66% 72% 78% 85% 92% 100%
 

 

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