Performance-Level Descriptors (PDLs) give teachers, parents/guardians and students more information about the typical skills and knowledge a student demonstrates on state assessments in each performance level. Committees of Washington state teachers, parents, community members and business representatives develop the PLDs during the standard-setting processes.
Performance Level Descriptors have been developed for every tested grade level. Please see TABLE (right).
- Reading is tested in grades 3-8 and in high school.
- Mathematics in grades 3-8, in Algebra 1/Integrated Mathematics 1 (Year 1), and in Geometry/Integrated Mathematics 2
- Writing is tested in grades 4, 7 and high school.
- Science is tested in grades 5, 8 and high school.
PLDs are broken down by grade and by the score levels students can earn. NOTE: There are no PLDs for Below Basic (Level 1).
- Basic (Level 2)
- Proficient (Level 3)
- Advanced (Level 4)
View or download the PLDs
Grade 3 | Grade 4 | Grade 5 |Grade 6 |Grade 7 | Grade 8 | High School
Grade 4 | Grade 7 | High School
Grade 3 | Grade 4 | Grade 5 | Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8
Grade 5 | Grade 8
Algebra 1/Integrated Mathematics 1 - (Year 1)
Geometry/Integrated Mathematics 2 - (Year 2)