English Language Arts Grade Level Considerations for Grades 6–8. Considerations for Middle School (Grades 6–8) . Reading level Contexts Item Difficulty Assessment Targets. Style Guide. Reading Level. Increasingly complex text, independence and proficiency
Use language that is clear and vocabulary that is at or below the assessed grade level
Appropriate to middle school students
Vocabulary measured in context must be at least two levels above grade
Students can read closely and analyticallyto comprehend a range of increasingly complex literary and informational texts.
Selected Response, ConstructedResponse, and Technology-Enhanced Items
45% Literary texts: stories, poems, plays/drama, myths, mysteries, science fiction, historical fiction
55% Informational texts: literary nonfiction, historical documents, scientific articles, technical texts
Students can produce effective and well-grounded writing for a range of purposes and audiences.
Students can employ effective speaking and listening skills for a range of purposes and audiences.
Students can engage in research / inquiry to investigate topics, and to analyze, integrate, and present information.
Selected Response, ConstructedResponse,and Technology-Enhanced Items
Real world sources
Vocabulary, style, context, and item difficulty
Claims and assessment targets from the Smarter Balanced Content Specifications