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Exploring the PARCC Math Performance Level Descriptors. What are Performance Level Descriptors?. Performance Level Descriptors or PLDs describe what students at each performance level know and can do relative to the grade-level or course content standards assessed.

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What are performance level descriptors
What are Performance Level Descriptors?

Performance Level Descriptors or PLDs describe what students at each performance level know and can do relative to the grade-level or course content standards assessed.

All PLDs can be found on PARCC Online –

Assessments/Assessment Policies

Claims driving design mathematics
Claims Driving Design: Mathematics

  • Master Claim: Students are on-track or ready for college and careers

Performance level descriptors
Performance Level Descriptors

Gives the


Performance level

ranging from 2 - 5

Concept and Standards

Exploring the parcc math performance level descriptors

Factors that determine the performance levels (Cognitive Complexity)

  • Mathematical Content

  • Mathematical Practices

  • Stimulus Material

  • Response Mode

  • Processing Demand

Evidence tables
Evidence Tables Complexity)

Investigating the plds
Investigating the PLDs Complexity)

Identify each evidence statement code with the associated assessment. (PBA, EOY, or Both)

Associate each statement in the PLD with the evidence statement code(s)

Annotate the differences in the PLD level statements

Parcc item review bootcamp working session mathematics
PARCC Item Review Complexity)BootcampWorking Session:Mathematics

  • Participants will:

    • Learn the process for PARCC State Educator item review

    • Practice reviewing and making recommendations for sample items

Mathematics task types
Mathematics Task Types Complexity)

  • Type I

    • Based on Sub Claims A, B, and E: The student solves problems involving the Major, Additional, and Supporting Content for the grade/course with connections to the Standards for Mathematical Practice, and demonstrates fluency in areas set forth in the Standards for Content in grades 3-6.

  • Type II

    • Based on Sub Claim C: The student expresses grade/course-level appropriate mathematical reasoning by constructing viable arguments, critiquing the reasoning of others and/or attending to precision when making mathematical statements.

  • Type III

    • Based on Sub Claim D: The student solves real-world problems with a degree of difficulty appropriate to the grade/course by applying knowledge and skills articulated in the standards for the current grade/course

Mathematics review considerations criteria
Mathematics Review Considerations/Criteria Complexity)

  • Does the task measure the intended evidence statement(s)?

  • Does the task measure the intended mathematical practice(s)?

  • Is the task mathematically correct and free from errors?

  • Is the wording of the task clear, concise, and grade-level appropriate?

  • Are the graphics/stimuli in the task clear, accurate, appropriate for the task, and appropriate for the grade?

  • Do each prompt and all associated graphics/stimuli contribute to the quality of the task?

  • Is the scoring guide/rubric clear, correct and aligned with the expectations for performance that are expressed in the task?

Alignment to evidence statements and the ccss
Alignment to Evidence Statements and the CCSS Complexity)

Each task should:

  • assess the designated evidence statement

  • conform to the content clarifications, limits, and emphasis associated with the evidence statement

    Reviewers should:

  • note alignment issues in the comments section

  • accept the task with edits if the task can easily be edited to make the task align to the evidence statement

  • reject the task if the task can not easily be edited to make the task fit the evidence statement

Flaws Complexity)

Each task should:

  • contain content (text, stimuli, terminology, notation, art, etc.) that is

  • mathematically correct, precise, and generally accepted by math educators

  • be free from flaws

  • not contain unintended mathematical errors, misconceptions,

  • contradictions, or ambiguities

Answer keys and scoring rubrics
Answer Keys and Scoring Rubrics Complexity)

  • Type I one-point tasks should:

  • have the correct key

  • Scoring Rubrics should:

  • be clear enough so that the person scoring the response will know how to assign points based on different parts of the response

  • assign at least 50% of the total points to the reasoning/modeling provided in the response and less than 50% of the points to a computations provided in the response for Type II and Type III tasks

Advise to accept or reject
Advise to Accept or Reject Complexity)

Reviewers as a group

  • discuss any major comments

  • determine how to proceed with the task (accept, accept with edits, reject)

    • A task should be edited if it has a flaw that can be fixed or needs clarification. A task should only be rejected if it has a flaw that can not be addressed.

Exploring the parcc math performance level descriptors

Questions? Complexity)