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ISAT Reading Performance Definitions
Grade 3

Exceeds StandardsMeets StandardsBelow StandardsAcademic Warning

EXCEEDS STANDARDS

Students who exceed standards demonstrate a strong comprehension of text beyond their grade level. They identify word meanings and shades of meaning using contextual support. They consistently apply their knowledge of synonyms and antonyms to make meaning.

Students at this level identify explicit and implicit main ideas and key details and consistently make connections between information found in several points in a passage. They draw inferences and conclusions using textual support and prior knowledge. They recognize important plot details and can place these events in proper sequence even when they are not given in chronological order.

Students make predictions about outcomes based on information in a passage and understand when an author uses opinion. They can draw conclusions about characters' motivations and about an author's intended purpose. They are able to distinguish literary genres including story, poem, fairy tale, fable, and tall tale and literary elements including plot, character, and setting. They are able to apply information in illustrations, charts, and graphs to determine meaning and can follow a list of instructions.

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MEETS STANDARDS

Students who meet standards demonstrate a comprehension of grade-level text. They use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary, applying their knowledge of common synonyms and antonyms.

Students at this level identify main ideas and important details and can identify problems and solutions in literary text. They can draw inferences and conclusions using textual support and prior knowledge. They can place important plot events in proper sequence.

Students make simple predictions about outcomes based on information in a passage and can distinguish between fact and opinion. They can reach conclusions about characters’ motivations and about an author's intended purpose. They recognize literary genres including story, poem, fairy tale, fable, and tall tale and literary elements including plot, character, and setting. They understand information in illustrations, charts, and graphs to determine meaning and can follow a simple list of instructions.

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BELOW STANDARDS

Students at this level demonstrate an incomplete understanding of grade-level text. Their ability to use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary is inconsistent.

Students can generally identify main ideas but may be unable to distinguish between main ideas and supporting details. They can identify plot events but may be unable to place them in proper sequence.

Students may be able to make obvious predictions and may struggle to distinguish between fact and opinion. They can identify facts about characters but are less proficient at identifying characters' motivations and author's purpose. They have difficulty identifying literary genres and literary elements. They can find information directly stated in illustrations, charts, and graphs but are less successful at applying this information. They have difficulty following multi-step instructions.

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ACADEMIC WARNING

Students at the academic warning level have a limited understanding of grade-level text. They have a weak understanding of grade-level vocabulary and are unable to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.

Students often confuse the main idea with supporting details. Their lack of comprehension prevents them from following the sequence of plot events.

Students rarely make predictions and can seldom distinguish fact from opinion. They are unfamiliar with literary genres and literary elements and have difficulty understanding character motivations. They struggle to use information in bold print and headings or to follow simple directions.

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