Proficiency Level Descriptors

A proficiency level descriptor (PLD) is a description of what students know and are able to do by content area, grade, and level. The bulleted PLDs were adopted by the Board May 30, 2007. The summary paragraphs will appear on the indivdual student reports.

Language Usage

Reading

Science

Math

New ISAT Cut Scores

Approved by the State Board of Education May 30, 2007

 Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grade 9Grade 10
Reading 
Advanced208 and up214 and up219 and up223 and up227 and up229 and up232 and up235 and up
Proficient192-207198-213204-218208-222212-226214-228217-231220-234
Basic187-191193-197197-203201-207204-211207-213209-216211-219
Below Basic186 and below192 and below196 and below200 and below203 and below206 and below208 and below210 and below
Math 
Advanced204 and up216 and up224 and up231 and up237 and up243 and up247 and up251 and up
Proficient190-203201-215211-223218-230223-236229-242233-246238-250
Basic181-189193-200202-210209-217215-222220-228226-232230-237
Below Basic180 and below192 and below201 and below208 and below214 and below219 and below225 and below229 and below
 Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grade 9Grade 10
Language Usage 
Advanced207 and up216 and up222 and up227 and up232 and up236 and up239 and up242 and up
Proficient196-206203-215209-221214-226218-231221-235224-238226-241
Basic188-195195-202201-208206-213209-217213-220216-223218-225
Below Basic187 and below194 and below200 and below205 and below208 and below212 and below215 and below217 and below
Science 
Advanced  216 and up 219 and up  230 and up
Proficient  206-215 213-218  219-229
Basic  194-205 206-212  213–218*
Below Basic  193 and below 205 and below  212 and below

*NOTE: Students currently enrolled in 8th grade would be required to pass the science ISAT when they take the test in 10th grade. This would mean the class of 2013 would be the first class required to pass the science ISAT.

 

ISAT Graduation Cut Scores

 2007 Graduation Proficient2008 Graduation Proficient
Reading217*220
Math235*238
Language Usage223*226

 

Tenth grade students can bank proficiency by content area beginning in the fall of their 10th grade school year. The measure for proficiency is the cut score for the year they are taking the test.

For 10th, 11th and 12th grade students who pass parts of the Tenth Grade Graduation Test:

  • The first opportunity for a student to bank a score is fall of their 10th grade year. Students are able to bank proficiency by content area –not a score or number.
  • If students have banked “proficiency” on the 10th grade test in any content area, they do not re-test in that content area on subsequent ISAT Retest opportunities.
  • Re-testing 11th and 12th grade students will take the content areas not passed and be evaluated on the Graduation Test with current cut scores.
    Note: Students may NOT bank a numerical score and receive a retroactive proficiency based on a subsequent resetting of cut scores.
  • If a student has taken the 10th grade Graduation Test and not scored proficient in one or more content areas, that student will continue to re-take the test in the current form until they pass or meet alternate graduation requirements. We recommend that seniors who have not met proficiency in the fall begin an alternate process for meeting graduation requirements.

 

ISAT AYP Percent Proficient Targets

Approved by the State Board of Education August 2006

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

 
Reading66%72%78%85%92%100%
 
Math51%60%70%80%90%100%
 
Language Usage66%72%78%85%92%100%