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Performance Level Standards for ALT-MSA

Standards are measures of performance against which yearly results are compared. Standards help to examine critical aspects of instructional programs; help to ensure that all students receive quality instruction; hold educators accountable for quality instruction; and help to guide efforts toward school improvement.

Maryland School Performance Program (MSPP) performance standards were determined through deliberative processes by educators with involvement of critical stakeholders such as the legislators and members of the business community. The State Board of Education adopted all standards.

The purpose of the MSPP standards is to:

  • provide statewide equity and quality assurance in terms of student outcomes;
  • establish a mechanism for instructional accountability useful to schools, school systems, and the state;
  • stimulate self-examination and appropriate action by local district staff and the Maryland State Department of Education; and
  • set improvement expectations that guide school and school system objectives, decision, and efforts.

Maryland standards are divided into three levels of achievement: Advanced, Proficient, and Basic.

ALT-MSA Performance Level Descriptors

  • Advanced Students at this level demonstrate 90% or greater attainment of their identified mastery objectives in reading and mathematics (attainment of 9 or 10 of the student's Mastery Objectives in a given content area).
  • Proficient Students at this level demonstrate at least 60% but less than 90% attainment of their identified mastery objectives in reading and mathematics (attainment of 6 to 8 of the student's Mastery Objectives in a given content area). The goal for all students is to reach the proficient or advanced level.
  • Basic Students at this level demonstrate 0% to less then 60% attainment of their identified mastery objectives in reading and mathematics. (attainment of up to 5 of the student's Mastery Objectives in a given content area).

Other Performance Level Standards

Performance Level Standards for MSA
Performance Level Standards for MOD-MSA

Standards for the MFTs, Attendance Rate, and Dropout Rate were adopted in 1990.