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MSA Performance Level Standards for Mathematics Grade 3
Basic
What basic students likely can do:
• complete repeating patterns
• identify congruent figures and lines of symmetry
• interpret tables and bar graph
• apply place-value concepts
• add and subtract whole numbers
• represent multiplication basic facts
What basic students likely cannot do:
• write simple equations and simple inequalities
• analyze properties of solid figures
• interpret pictographs
• determine value of mixed currency
• represent division basic facts
• communicate a partially developed understanding of problem solving using a strategy with little or no support
Proficient
What proficient students likely can do that basic students likely cannot do:
• write simple equations and simple inequalities
• analyze properties of solid figures
• interpret pictographs
• determine value of mixed currency
• represent division basic facts
• communicate a partially developed understanding of problem solving using a strategy with little or no support
What proficient students likely cannot do:
• analyze properties of plane geometric figures
• analyze transformations
• describe the probability of one simple event
• communicate a comprehensive understanding of problem solving using a strategy with supporting connections
What advanced students likely can do that proficient students likely cannot do:
• analyze properties of plane geometric figures
• analyze transformations
• describe the probability of one simple event
• communicate a comprehensive understanding of problem solving using a strategy with supporting connections

Performance Level Standards

Standards are measures of performance against which yearly results are compared. Standards help to examine critical aspects of instructional programs; help to ensure that all students receive quality instruction; hold educators accountable for quality instruction; and help to guide efforts toward school improvement.

Maryland School Performance Program (MSPP) performance standards were determined through deliberative processes by educators with involvement of critical stakeholders such as the legislators and members of the business community. The State Board of Education adopted all standards.

The purpose of the MSPP standards is to:

• provide statewide equity and quality assurance in terms of student outcomes;
• establish a mechanism for instructional accountability useful to schools, school systems, and the state;
• stimulate self-examination and appropriate action by local district staff and the Maryland State Department of Education; and
• set improvement expectations that guide school and school system objectives, decision, and efforts.

Maryland standards are divided into three levels of achievement:

• Advanced is a highly challenging and exemplary level of achievement indicating outstanding accomplishment in meeting the needs of students.
• Proficient is a realistic and rigorous level of achievement indicating proficiency in meeting the needs of students.
• Basic is a level of achievement indicating that more work is needed to attain proficiency in meeting the needs of students.

MSA Performance Level Descriptors