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ISAT Social Science Performance Definitions
Grade 7

Exceeds StandardsMeets StandardsBelow StandardsAcademic Warning

EXCEEDS STANDARDS

In the Political context seventh graders whose performance exceeds standards are consistently able to describe the relationships between the roles and responsibilities of local, state, and national governments and the public goods and services each provide. They can explain the purpose of rules and laws and their impact on citizens. Students at this level can explain that rights and responsibilities are grounded in the principle of limited government as expressed by the Federal and State Constitutions and the Declaration of Independence. Students at this level compare how the participation of individuals and groups in elections and other public actions has changed over time. Seventh graders performing at the exceeds level can consistently identify the impact of media and lobbyists on public policy. Seventh graders at this level can analyze relationships between the United States, other nations and international organizations. Students performing at the exceeds level can compare the origin of significant political ideas and traditions to those that are found in the United States today. Students performing at the exceeds level can analyze the causes of change over time in political systems (such as the dissolution of monarchies, the expansion of participatory democracy, and the extension of civil rights).

In the Economic context, seventh graders performing at the exceeds level can analyze market prices and competition and explain how they affect the choices of consumers and producers. At this level students can consistently explain the relationship between productivity and wages. A student performing at the exceeds level can consistently analyze graphs, charts and other sources of data to draw a reasoned conclusion. Students performing at this level analyze various examples of economic interdependence (such as investment, trade, and use of technology ) in a global economy. Most seventh graders at the exceeds level explain reasons why government policies and laws affecting the economy have changed over time, (such as tariffs, taxes, and environmental regulations). Students performing at the exceeds level usually can consistently identify economic concepts such as depression, unemployment, inflation, and capital.

In the Historical context, seventh grade students whose performance exceeds standards can analyze the significance of various people and events during key turning points in political, economic, environmental, and social history. They can explain interpretations of life in the past based on a variety of historical sources. Seventh grade students at the exceeds level, can analyze significant events and trends to consistently explain connections between past and present. Students can analyze the relationship between an event, where it took place and its time period. A seventh grade student can compare institutions, customs, and traditions that have characterized past societies and have an affect upon society today.

In the Geographical context, seventh grade students who exceed standards can consistently use maps, globes, other geographic representations (charts, graphs, images, software, etc.), and tools to locate places and geographic features. Students performing at the exceeds level can explain several examples of how human activity impacts the environment; and how the environment affects human activity. Seventh grade students at this level can consistently describe how the physical and human characteristics of a region change over time.

In the Social Systems context, seventh grade students who exceed standards can analyze literature, folktales, the arts, traditions, and institutions, which reflect the culture of a community or region and make connections to past cultures and to cultures of other regions. Students at this level can identify cultural traditions from other lands that are part of American life today. Students at the meets level can consistently recognize examples of how roles of individuals and groups influence peoples lives. Students performing at the exceed level usually can consistently identify the components of social institutions such as neighborhoods, schools, and clubs, and how they change over time.

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MEETS STANDARDS

In the Political context seventh graders whose performance meets standards are usually able to describe the role and responsibilities of local, state, and national governments and the public goods and services each provide. They usually can explain the purpose of rules and laws. Students at this level can explain that rights and responsibilities are grounded in the principle of limited government as expressed by the Federal and State Constitutions and the Declaration of Independence. Students at this level can usually explain how the participation of individuals and groups in elections and other public actions has changed over time. Seventh graders performing at the meets level can identify the impact of media and lobbyists on public policy. Usually, seventh graders can describe relationships between the United States, other nations and international organizations. Students performing at the meets level can identify the origin of significant political ideas and traditions that are found in the United States. Students performing at the meets level usually can identify the causes of change over time in political systems (such as the dissolution of monarchies, the expansion of participatory democracy, and the extension of civil rights).

In the Economic context, seventh graders can usually explain that market prices and competition affect the choices of consumers and producers. At this level students can explain the relationship between productivity and wages. Usually, a student performing at the meets level can analyze graphs, charts and other sources of data to draw a reasoned conclusion. Students can identify examples of economic interdependence (such as investment, trade, and use of technology ) in a global economy. Most seventh graders can explain how government policies and laws affecting the economy have changed over time, (such as tariffs, taxes, and environmental regulations). Students performing at the meets level usually can identify basic economic concepts such as depression, unemployment, inflation, and capital.

In the Historical context, seventh grade students who meet standards can explain the significance of various people and events during key turning points in political, economic, environmental, and social history. They can make an interpretation of life in the past based on a variety of historical sources. Seventh grade students at the meets level, can usually identify significant events and trends to explain connections between past and present. Students can explain the relationship between an event, where it took place and its time period. A seventh grade student can describe institutions, customs, and traditions that have characterized past societies.

In the Geographical context, seventh grade students who meet standards can use maps, globes, other geographic representations (charts, graphs, images, software, etc.), and tools to locate places and geographic features. Students performing at the meets level can identify how human activity impacts the environment; and how the environment affects human activity. Students can describe how the physical and human characteristics of a region change over time.

In the Social Systems context, seventh grade students who meet standards can identify literature, folktales, the arts, traditions, and institutions which reflect the culture of a community or region. Students can identify cultural traditions from other lands that are part of American life today. Students at the meets level can recognize an example of how roles of individuals and groups influence peoples lives. Students performing at the meets level usually can identify that social institutions such as neighborhoods, schools, and clubs, change over time.

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BELOW STANDARDS

In the Political context seventh graders whose performance is below standards can usually differentiate between local, state, and national offices and the public goods and services governments provide, but do not describe the roles and responsibilities of each. They usually can explain the function of rules and laws, but have difficulty in knowing the purpose of the law. Students at this level can usually identify their rights and responsibilities and occasionally the sources of these rights, but are limited in identifying the principles of limited government expressed in the Federal and State Constitutions and the Declaration of Independence. Students below standard inconsistently explain how individuals and groups participate in elections has changed over time. Seventh graders performing at the below standard level can occasionally identify the impact of media and lobbyists on public policy. Usually, seventh graders at this level can inconsistently describe relationships between the United States, other nations and international organizations. Students performing at the below meets level can inconsistently identify the origin of significant political ideas and traditions that are found in the United States. Students performing at the below meets level usually can inconsistently identify a few causes of change over time in political systems (such as the dissolution of monarchies, the expansion of participatory democracy, and the extension of civil rights).

In the Economic context, seventh graders performing below standard can explain on occasion that market prices and competition affect the choices of consumers and producers. At this level students can inconsistently explain the relationship between productivity and wages. A seventh grade student performing at the below meets level can inconsistently analyze graphs, charts and other sources of data to draw a reasoned conclusion. Students at this level can identify few examples of economic interdependence (such as investment, trade, and use of technology ) in a global economy. Most seventh graders performing below standard can inconsistently identify a few examples of how government policies and laws affecting the economy have changed over time, (such as tariffs, taxes, and environmental regulations). Students performing at the below meets level usually can identify few basic economic concepts such as depression, unemployment, inflation, and capital.

In the Historical context, seventh grade students who perform below standard can inconsistently explain the significance of a few people and events during key turning points in political, economic, environmental, and social history. They can make an interpretation of life in the past based on a single historical sources. Seventh grade students at the below meets level, can sometimes identify significant events and trends to explain connections between past and present. Students performing at the below meets level can on occasion explain the relationship between an event, where it took place and its time period. A seventh grade student at this level can describe a few institutions, customs, and traditions that have characterized past societies.

In the Geographical context, seventh grade students who are below standard can use some maps, globes, other geographic representations (charts, graphs, images, software, etc.), and tools to locate places and geographic features on an inconsistent basis. Students performing at the below meets level can inconsistently identify how human activity impacts the environment; and how the environment affects human activity. Students at this level can occasionally describe how the physical and human characteristics of a region change over time.

In the Social Systems context, seventh grade students who are performing below standard can identify a few examples of literature, folktales, the arts, traditions, and institutions which reflect the culture of a community or region. Students at this level can identify some cultural traditions from other lands that are part of American life today. Students at the below meets level can recognize an example of how roles of individuals and groups influence peoples lives. Students performing at the below meets level inconsistently identify that social institutions such as neighborhoods, schools, and clubs, change over time.

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ACADEMIC WARNING

In the Political context seventh graders whose performance is at the academic warning level can seldom differentiate between local, state, and national offices and the public goods and services governments provide. They occasionally can explain the function of rules and laws, but have difficulty in knowing the purpose of the law. Students at this level can identify some of their rights and responsibilities, but seldom identify the sources of these rights and are seldom identify the principles of limited government expressed in the Federal and State Constitutions and the Declaration of Independence. Students at the academic warning level rarely explain how individuals and groups participate in elections has changed over time. Seventh graders performing at the academic warning level seldom identify the impact of media and lobbyists on public policy. Seventh graders at this level seldom describe relationships between the United States, other nations and international organizations. Students performing at the academic warning level identify very few significant political ideas and traditions that are found in the United States and seldom understand the origin of the traditions. Students performing at the academic warning level rarely identify any causes of change over time in political systems (such as the dissolution of monarchies, the expansion of participatory democracy, and the extension of civil rights).

In the Economic context, seventh graders performing at the academic warning level rarely identify that market prices and competition affect the choices of consumers and producers. At this level students seldom explain the relationship between productivity and wages. A seventh grade student performing at the academic warning level seldom analyzes graphs, charts and other sources of data to draw a reasoned conclusion. Students at this level identify very few examples of economic interdependence (such as investment, trade, and use of technology) in a global economy. Most seventh graders performing at the academic warning level seldom identify examples of how government policies and laws affecting the economy have changed over time, (such as tariffs, taxes, and environmental regulations). Students performing at this level rarely identify basic economic concepts such as depression, unemployment, inflation, and capital.

In the Historical context, seventh grade students who perform at the academic warning level can rarely explain the significance of people and events during key turning points in political, economic, environmental, and social history. They can on occasion make an interpretation of life in the past based on a single historical sources. Seventh grade students at the academic warning level, can identify very few significant events and trends and rarely can explain any connections between past and present. Students performing at the academic warning level rarely will explain the relationship between an event, where it took place and its time period. A seventh grade student at this level can identify very few institutions, customs, and traditions that have characterized past societies.

In the Geographical context, seventh grade students who are at the academic warning level can rarely use some maps, globes, other geographic representations (charts, graphs, images, software, etc.), and tools to locate places and geographic features. Students performing at the academic warning level seldom identify how human activity impacts the environment; and how the environment affects human activity. Students at this level rarely describe how the physical and human characteristics of a region change over time.

In the Social Systems context, seventh grade students who are performing at the academic warning level identify a few examples of literature, folktales, the arts, traditions, and institutions which reflect the culture of a community or region. Students at this level seldom identify cultural traditions from other lands that are part of American life today. Students at the academic warning level seldom recognize any examples of how roles of individuals and groups influence peoples lives. Students performing at the academic warning level rarely identify that social institutions such as neighborhoods, schools, and clubs, change over time.

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