Achievement Level Descriptors

Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) describe the four levels of achievement on the Minnesota Academic Standards.  Developed by panels of Minnesota teachers, ALDs from the Individual Student Reports for reading, mathematics, science and English learner assessments are provided here. ALDs for the alternate assessment, the Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS), represent reduced depth, breadth and complexity of the academic standards. Several ALD translations are available at the bottom of this page.


Achievement Level Descriptor Maps

Achievement Level Descriptor Maps are supplementary materials to be used in conjunction with the MCA ALDs. The ALD Maps align the descriptors horizontally by strands (Mathematics and Science) or standards (Reading) and are helpful for comparing performance across proficiency levels.

Translated Documents

Math Instructor with student
General Descriptions of Achievement at the Four Achievement Levels for the Minnesota Academic Standards

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