Achievement Level Definitions, Writing Grade 4

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

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

  • Identifying pictures or symbols to relate an experience, event or idea
  • Composing responses
  • Using pictures to create an understandable story line with a beginning and end
  • Using pictures to identify and/or create characters

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

Proficient with Distinction
The student’s performance demonstrates understanding of essential concepts in writing. The student’s work demonstrates the ability to compose a response that is well-organized, accurate and focused.

Proficient
The student’s performance demonstrates an understanding of basic concepts in writing. The student’s work demonstrates the ability to compose a response that is organized, accurate and focused. Some errors may occur but do not interfere with meaning.

Partially Proficient
The student’s performance demonstrates an incomplete understanding of basic concepts in writing. The student’s work demonstrates the ability to compose a response that may be inconsistent and/or limited in its organization, accuracy and/or focus. Some errors may occur that interfere with meaning.

Substantially Below Proficient
The student’s performance demonstrates limited understanding of basic concepts in writing. The student’s work demonstrates the ability to compose a response that is unorganized, inaccurate and unfocused. Frequent errors may occur that interfere with meaning.