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Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

Grades 3-11

PARCC reports results according to five performance levels that delineate the knowledge, skills, and practices students are able to demonstrate:

  • Level 1: Did not yet meet expectations
  • Level 2: Partially met expectations
  • Level 3: Approached expectations
  • Level 4: Met expectations
  • Level 5: Exceeded expectations

Performance level descriptors (PLDs) indicate what a typical student at each level should be able to demonstrate based on his/her command of grade-level standards. In mathematics, the performance levels at each grade level are written for each of four assessment sub-claims:

  • Major content
  • Additional and supporting content
  • Reasoning
  • Modeling

The performance levels within each claim area are differentiated by a number of factors consistent with the Common Core’s inclusion of standards for both mathematical content and mathematical practices and PARCC’s Cognitive Complexity Framework for Mathematics.

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Performance-Level Descriptors by Grade Band

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