Mathematics Performance Level Descriptors

PARCC's Mathematics Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) describe performance expectations for the four assessment sub-claims:

  • major content
  • additional and supporting content
  • reasoning
  • modeling

What differentiates current PLDs from those in the past is that current PLDs were developed in consideration of both mathematical content and mathematical practice standards. Mathematics PLDs were developed with careful attention to cognitive complexity and are available by grade band.

Content Comments 

Additional information about PARCC's Cognitive Complexity Framework for Mathematics is available here.