Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment (GEPA)
Performance Level Descriptors
The student performing at the proficient level demonstrates evidence of conceptual understanding and of procedural and analytic skills. The student demonstrates the ability to apply mathematical skills and knowledge to theoretical and real-world situations. In addition, the student communicates the required skills and makes connections within and among the mathematical content areas.
The student at this level demonstrates a thorough understanding of basic arithmetic operations – an understanding sufficient for problem solving in practical situations. The student understands the connections between fractions, decimals, percents, and other mathematical topics.
The student understands and applies geometric properties and spatial relationships; applies the principles of similarity, symmetry, and coordinate geometry; interprets data and graphs; determines probabilities; applies the use concepts and methods of discrete mathematics, and uses the algebraic concepts and processes.
The student performing at the advanced level demonstrates clear and consistent evidence of thorough conceptual understanding, and of procedural and analytic skills. The student consistently demonstrates the qualities outlined for proficient performance. In addition, the student at the advanced level demonstrates the use of abstract thinking and provides explanations that are consistently clear and thorough.