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Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment (GEPA)
Performance Level Descriptors

Language Arts Literacy

Proficient

Eighth-grade students performing at the proficient level are able to construct meaning as they generate their own texts and work with texts generated by others.  Proficient students show an overall understanding of the text at literal and inferential levels.  They are able to connect with prior knowledge while interacting with, interpreting, and analyzing text.

In reading exercises, students are able to identify and discuss central themes, supporting details, and organizational structures of text.  They can extrapolate and synthesize information, monitor their understanding of text, and identify a purpose for reading.  Students at this level are able to identify support for and discuss opinions and conclusions as well as to explain textual conventions and literary elements.

Eighth-grade students proficient in their writing are able to develop a central theme, supporting details, and an organizational structure.  They establish and sustain a purpose for writing and elaborate on information as they monitor development of text.  Students at this level are able to provide support for opinions and conclusions and to use textual and literary elements appropriately.

Advanced Proficient

Eighth-grade students performing at the advanced level are able to construct and extend meaning as they generate their own texts and work with texts generated by others.  Advanced students show a sophisticated understanding of the abstract themes and ideas that build a text and extend information.  They are able to connect with prior knowledge while interacting with, interpreting, analyzing, and critiquing text.

In addition to consistently demonstrating the qualities outlined for a proficient student, the advanced student will demonstrate the ability to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate written text.  Students at this level are able to manipulate understanding and will show a high degree of sustained control over textual conventions and literary elements.