The State Board of Education approved a change in March to the way that the state test scores will be provided to students and their parents with a move from four achievement levels to five. This move will provide greater precision in reporting performance. The new achievement level 3 will be considered “passing” although the student may not be demonstrating learning that is on track to be career- and college-ready. Some students, who under the previous model were at a high level 2, could move up to level 3. Students and level 1 and level 2 would be considered below grade level and also off-track in terms of career- and college-readiness. Level 1 and level 2 students would be identified as those most at need of intervention. Any third grader below level 4 in reading would be eligible to attend summer reading camp with parent approval. This change will be in place for the tests students take at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
Achievement Level 1: Limited Command
Achievement Level 2: Partial Command
Achievement Level 3: Sufficient Command
Achievement Level 4: Solid Command (Career- and College-Ready)
Achievement Level 5: Superior Command (Career- and College-Ready)