New Jersey Alternate Proficiency Assessment
Performance Level Descriptors
High School Biology
High School Biology 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 and environmental studies with inconsistent performance. Partially proficient students will typically use fewer categories to:
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.
High School Biology 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 and environmental studies with increased performance. Proficient students will typically be able to:
Proficient students will frequently demonstrate the ability to comprehend vocabulary, use data to draw conclusions and make connections to the real-world.
High school Biology 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 and topics in environmental studies with a high-level of performance. Advanced proficient students will typically be able to perform skills such as: make predictions, observe, collect and analyze data, support conclusions and make inferences relating to the real-world.