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New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK)
Performance Level Descriptors

Mathematics

(February 2009)

Grade 3 Math

Partially Proficient

Students performing at the partially proficient level generally require prompting to demonstrate a basic knowledge of number sense, geometric properties, patterns, and data analysis at a limited level of performance.

In general, partially proficient students:

  • Recognize whole numbers in real world situations
  • Recognize and/or identify place value in whole numbers
  • Identify two-dimensional objects
  • Recognize patterns
  • Identify data displays

Proficient

Students performing at the proficient level may require prompting to demonstrate a basic knowledge of number sense, geometric properties, patterns, and data analysis at a moderate level of performance.

In general, proficient students:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of whole number place value
  • Apply whole numbers to real world situations
  • Order numbers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of properties of two- and three-dimensional objects
  • Demonstrate comprehension of the mathematical vocabulary describing spatial relationships of objects
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and extend, patterns
  • Read and interpret existing data displays

Advanced Proficient

Students performing at the advanced proficient level generally require minimal prompting to demonstrate knowledge of number sense, geometric properties, patterns, and data analysis at a high level of performance.

In general, advanced proficient students:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of place value of 5-digit numbers
  • Explain the use of whole numbers in real world situations
  • Compare numbers
  • Describe and/or classify properties of two- and three-dimensional objects
  • Apply mathematical vocabulary describing spatial relationships of objects
  • Create patterns
  • Analyze, create questions about, and draw inferences from data displays
  • Collect data to create data displays