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**Assessment**

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK)

Performance Level Descriptors

Mathematics

Grade 5

06/10/08

__Partially Proficient__

Students performing at the partially proficient level have limited recognition and understanding of and inconsistently apply basic mathematical concepts, skills, and vocabulary to theoretical and real world situations.

- These students may understand that a quantity can be represented numerically in various ways. Partially proficient students perform basic computational procedures with inconsistent accuracy.
- Partially proficient students struggle to apply geometric properties and comprehend spatial relationships.
- Partially proficient students have difficulty using informal algebraic concepts and processes.
- Partially proficient students inconsistently read, construct, and interpret data and graphs. They inconsistently apply the concepts and methods of discrete mathematics.

These students will occasionally infer, reason and estimate while problem solving. Partially proficient students are frequently ineffectual in selecting a successful process or strategy. These students have difficulty demonstrating a basic understanding of mathematical concepts through written expression and/or symbolic representation.

__Proficient__

Students performing at the proficient level recognize and understand basic mathematical concepts, skills, and vocabulary and apply them to theoretical and real world situations.

- Proficient students understand that a quantity can be represented numerically in various ways. These students perform basic computational procedures.
- Proficient students apply geometric properties and spatial relationships.
- Proficient students use informal algebraic concepts and processes.
- Proficient students read, construct, and interpret data and graphs. They apply the concepts and methods of discrete mathematics.

These students infer, reason, and estimate while problem solving. Proficient students are flexible in selecting a successful process or strategy. These students demonstrate a basic understanding of mathematical concepts through written expression and/or symbolic representation.

__Advanced Proficient__

Students performing at the advanced proficient level consistently demonstrate the qualities outlined for proficient performance. In addition, advanced proficient students analyze methods for appropriateness, synthesize processes, and evaluate mathematical relationships. Advanced proficient students demonstrate conceptual understanding by consistently providing clear and complete explanations. These students demonstrate the ability to transfer mathematical concepts to other applications and successfully form conjectures.