Achievement Level Definitions, Reading Grade 7

Reading achievement level definitions describe the quality of a student’s responses on state-level alternate assessments in relation to the alternate reading standards. These definitions serve as the foundation for achievement level definitions for the alternate grade level expectations in reading.

Skills associated with these achievement level definitions may include some of the following:

  • Relating of symbols to the objects/ideas they represent
  • Using phonemic awareness skills
  • Using context clues, a dictionary and/or glossary to determine meaning of words
  • Using word parts, phonics, knowledge of sounds, syllable types and/or word patterns to decode
  • Identifying synonyms, antonyms and/or categorizing words
  • Reading aloud sight words
  • Using explicitly-stated information from the text to answer questions
  • Recognizing a central idea from text when presented with pictures
  • Obtaining information from the table of contents and glossary
  • Connecting information within a text
  • Identifying parts of a book (e.g., author, title, beginning, end)
  • Paraphrasing or summarizing
  • Drawing conclusions or making inferences

Appropriate performance at grade seven is clarified by the level of complexity within the standard.

Proficient with Distinction
The student’s performance demonstrates the skillful ability to identify and decode unfamiliar vocabulary and/or demonstrate understanding of word meaning. The work also demonstrates the consistent ability to read, comprehend and interpret literary or informational texts appropriate to the student’s instructional level.

Proficient
The student’s performance demonstrates the ability to identify and decode unfamiliar vocabulary and/or demonstrate understanding of word meaning. The work also generally demonstrates the ability to read, comprehend and interpret literary or informational texts appropriate to the student’s instructional level.

Partially Proficient
The student’s performance demonstrates the inconsistent ability to identify and decode unfamiliar vocabulary and/or demonstrate understanding of word meaning. The work also demonstrates the incomplete or inconsistent ability to read, comprehend and interpret literary or informational texts appropriate to the student’s instructional level.

Substantially Below Proficient
The student’s performance demonstrates the limited ability to identify and decode unfamiliar vocabulary and/or demonstrates incorrect understanding of word meaning. The work also demonstrates minimal or limited ability to read, comprehend and interpret literary or informational texts appropriate to the student’s instructional level.