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EXAMPLE: Kentucky Performance Levels

Kentucky, in the forefront of the development of content and performance standards, has defined performance levels as follows:

Novice: The student is beginning to show an understanding of new information or skills.

Apprentice: The student has gained more understanding and can do some important parts of the task.

Proficient: The student understands the major concepts, can do almost all of the task, and can communicate concepts clearly.

Distinguished: The student has a deep understanding of the concept or process and can complete all important parts of the task. The student can communicate well, think both concretely and abstractly, and analyze and interpret data.

Source: Kentucky Education Reform: The First Five Years, 1990-1995

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Last Modified: 10/10/2003