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New Jersey Alternate Proficiency Assessment
Performance Level Descriptors
Language Arts Literacy

(February 2009)

Grade 5 LAL

Partially Proficient

Students performing at the partially proficient level generally require prompting to demonstrate emerging knowledge and skills in comprehension and response to text, inquiry and research, writing as a process, and writing as a product with an inconsistent level of performance using modified and supported materials.

Partially proficient students are emerging in:

  • Identifying propaganda vocabulary
  • Identifying topics and transition words in text and/or outlines
  • Identifying figurative language vocabulary
  • Matching sources with topics
  • Identifying main idea
  • Identifying basic characteristics of a paragraph
  • Writing a topic sentence when given details.
  • Identifying spelling mistakes
  • Identifying different types of writing (e.g. persuasive, descriptive, essays, advertisements, etc.)
  • Comparing and contrasting different types of basic prose
  • Showing variety in sentences by changing the subject

Proficient

Students performing at the proficient level may require prompting to demonstrate basic knowledge and skills of comprehension and response to text, inquiry and research, writing as a process, and writing as a product with a moderate level of performance using modified and supported materials.

Proficient students typically:

  • Identify propaganda techniques and their purpose in text
  • Identify topic and major/minor ideas in text and/or outlines
  • Match and label types of figurative language
  • Answer questions about a topic using a single source
  • Write or outline a description of a setting or a plot
  • Write or outline an informational paragraph when provided main idea and details
  • Identify and correct spelling mistakes
  • Utilize a graphic organizer to plan an essay and write a variety of prose
  • Revise, expand, and classify simple sentences

Advanced Proficient

Students performing at the advanced proficient level generally demonstrate knowledge and skills of comprehension and response to text, inquiry and research, writing as a process, and writing as a product independently with a high level of performance using modified and supported materials.

Advanced proficient students typically:

  • Identify propaganda techniques and reasons to support their purpose
  • Identify and outline a topic including major/minor ideas
  • Identify types of figurative language
  • Answer questions about a topic or outline a report using multiple sources
  • Summarize text
  • Write a story with beginning, middle and end
  • Identify and correct spelling mistakes in their own writing
  • Utilize a graphic organizer to plan and write a variety of prose
  • Write simple and compound sentences