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MSA Performance Level Standards for Reading Grade 3
Basic
What basic students likely can do:
  • use context clues to determine appropriate meanings of words and commonly used expressions
  • identify information and details directly stated in a text
  • draw simple inferences from grade-appropriate text
  • identify basic characteristics of a literary genre
  • use appropriate prior knowledge to make simple inferences about information in a text
What basic students likely cannot do:
  • use sufficient textual evidence to support or explain an idea or inference about a text
  • identify or state a main idea of an informational text
  • identify or state a theme of a literary text
  • use graphic aids to help construct meaning from a text
Proficient
What proficient students likely can do that basic students likely cannot do:
  • identify a stated or implied main idea of an informational passage
  • identify a theme or lesson learned in a literary text
  • support simple inferences or ideas about a text with appropriate textual evidence
  • use graphic aids to help construct meaning from a text
What proficient students likely cannot do:
  • synthesize information to arrive at generalizations, conclusions, and complex inferences
  • use textual evidence effectively to explain ideas
  • analyze a text to uncover its complexities
Advanced
What advanced students likely can do that proficient students likely cannot do:
  • discriminate between details/information and the ideas they express
  • synthesize information and details to arrive at generalizations, conclusions, and complex inferences
  • analyze a text to uncover its complexities
  • use evidence from a text effectively to explain conclusions and inferences

Performance Level Standards

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 is a highly challenging and exemplary level of achievement indicating outstanding accomplishment in meeting the needs of students.
  • Proficient is a realistic and rigorous level of achievement indicating proficiency in meeting the needs of students.
  • Basic is a level of achievement indicating that more work is needed to attain proficiency in meeting the needs of students.

MSA Performance Level Descriptors

Reading 345678
English
Mathematics 345678
Algebra / Data Analysis
Science 58
Biology

Other Performance Level Standards

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

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