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New Jersey Alternate Proficiency Assessment
Performance Level Descriptors
Science

(February 2009) 

Grade 4 Science

Partially Proficient

Fourth grade students performing at the partially proficient level may require prompting, modifications and/or additional supports while recalling knowledge and demonstrate emerging skills in characteristics of life, chemistry, earth science and astronomy with inconsistent performance.  Partially proficient students will typically use fewer categories to:

  • Identify matter, energy and organization in living systems
  • Identify physical properties and changes of matter  
  • Identify components of the water cycle and states of water in the Earth’s system
  • Identify components and their sequence within the Earth, Moon and Sun system

Partially proficient students will sometimes demonstrate the ability to identify vocabulary, collect and record data and make a few connections to their real-life experiences.

Proficient

Fourth grade students performing at the proficient level may require some prompting, modifications and/or additional supports while recalling knowledge and demonstrating skills in characteristics of life, chemistry, earth science and astronomy with increased performance. Proficient students will typically be able to:

  • Classify and/or sequence matter, energy and organization in living systems
  • Classify, compare, and/or describe physical properties and changes of matter  
  • Sequence and/or order the water cycle, describe states of water in the Earth’s system
  • Describe, illustrate and/or demonstrate an understanding of the sequence and order within the Earth, Moon and Sun system

Proficient students will frequently demonstrate the ability to comprehend vocabulary, use data to draw conclusions and make connections to the real-world.

Advanced Proficient

Fourth grade students performing at the advanced proficient level will demonstrate the qualities outlined for the proficient student.  They may require minimal prompting, modifications and/or additional supports while applying vocabulary, knowledge and skills to explain the characteristics of life, chemistry, earth science and astronomy with a high-level of performance.  Advanced proficient students will typically be able to perform skills such as: make predictions, observe, collect data, draw conclusions and make inferences relating to the real-world.