Performance Level Descriptors

The PASA assessment reports results in terms of 4 performance categories for each test tier; Emerging, Novice, Proficient, and Advanced. The descriptions follow the general performance level descriptors below.

Click the links below for specific descriptions of each performance level by content area.

UPDATE: A new standard setting for PASA-ELA and PASA-Math will be performed in summer of 2019 to reflect the changes in these assessments. Performance Level Descriptors will also be updated at that time.

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Reading Performance Level Descriptors        
Grade 3 Level A Level B Level C
Grade 4 Level A Level B Level C
Grade 5 Level A Level B Level C
Grade 6 Level A Level B Level C
Grade 7 Level A Level B Level C
Grade 8 Level A Level B Level C
Grade 11 Level A Level B Level C
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Math Performance Level Descriptors
Grade 3 Level A Level B Level C
Grade 4 Level A Level B Level C
Grade 5 Level A Level B Level C
Grade 6 Level A Level B Level C
Grade 7 Level A Level B Level C
Grade 8 Level A Level B Level C
Grade 11 Level A Level B Level C
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Science Performance Level Descriptors
Grade 4Tier 1     Tier 2
Grade 8Tier 1     Tier 2
Grade 11Tier 1     Tier 2


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