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MSA Performance Level Standards for Mathematics Grade 7
Basic
What basic students likely can do:
• identify simple expressions in context
• apply the properties of congruent polygons
• apply mean, median, and mode
• identify a number written in exponential notation
What basic students likely cannot do:
• write and evaluate simple expressions, solve simple equations, and write simple inequalities
• locate points on a number line and a coordinate plane using rational numbers
• identify and apply properties of various angles
• determine best choice of a data display and organize data in a variety of displays
• determine probability and express it as a decimal
• compare and order decimals, fractions, percents and integers, and determine equivalent ratios
• determine percent of another number
• 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 and evaluate simple expressions, solve simple equations, and write simple inequalities
• locate points on a number line and a coordinate plane using rational numbers
• identify and apply properties of various angles
• determine best choice of a data display and organize data in a variety of displays
• determine probability and express it as a decimal
• compare and order decimals, fractions, percents and integers, and determine equivalent ratios
• determine percent of another number
• communicate a partially developed understanding of problem solving using a strategy with little or no support
What proficient students likely cannot do:
• evaluate algebraic expressions
• identify in a table linear relationships that show increase, decrease, and no change
• graph the solution to an inequality
• draw a transformation on a coordinate plane
• determine area of a trapezoid and surface area of a rectangular prism
• use percents as rates to solve a problem
• determine equivalent fractions, decimals, and numbers in exponential notation
• 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:
• evaluate algebraic expressions
• identify in a table linear relationships that show increase, decrease, and no change
• graph the solution to an inequality
• draw a transformation on a coordinate plane
• determine area of a trapezoid and surface area of a rectangular prism
• use percents as rates to solve a problem
• determine equivalent fractions, decimals, and numbers in exponential notation
• 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