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    Levels of Performance Levels of Performance

    Below Standard Standard Above StandardDimensions ofPerformance

    Emerging Developing Satisfactory Accomplished Exemplary


    Problem is not clearly established or defined. Issues and constraints are incompletely identified. Uses limited to no amount of prior knowledge and skills. Formulated questions do not lead to resolution/conclusion

    and/or incomplete. Predictions are incomplete or have not been formulated.

    Problem is established anddefined.

    Accurately identifies issues andconstraints.

    Uses prior knowledge and skills. Accurately formulates questions

    that can lead toresolution/conclusion

    Formulates predictions.

    Problem is clearly established and defined,demonstrating superior focus and clarity

    Completely and accurately identifies all issuesand constraints.

    Uses all appropriate prior knowledge andskills and applies these to the problem.

    Completely and accurately formulates in-depth questions that can lead toresolution/conclusion

    Formulates reasonable and appropriatepredictions based upon the relevantinformation.

    Procedure andData Collection

    Data / information collection is incomplete. Data / Information is collected inappropriately and/or

    using incomplete or suspect sources. Given information identified incompletely or not at all.

    Complete data / informationcollection using appropriateprocedures and credible sources.

    Given information identifiedcompletely.

    Complete and accurate data / informationcollection using appropriate procedures andcredible sources, repeating gathering processwhere appropriate to increase validity.

    Given information identified completely andcorrectly.

    Analysis Criteria used to evaluate the data are incomplete and/orinappropriate. Alternative approaches to information and data analysis

    are not identified or incompletely located. Thinking process is incompletely described and/or lacking


    Uses appropriate criteria toaccurately evaluate the data.

    Recognizes alternativeapproaches to information anddata analysis

    Describes with clarity andconcrete examples the thinkingprocesses used in analysis.

    Uses appropriate criteria to accuratelyevaluate the data, using multiple methodologywhere appropriate.

    Analyzes and prioritizes alternativeapproaches to information and data analysis.

    Describes with clarity and concrete multipleexamples of the thinking processes used inanalysis.

    Conclusion Deductions, inductions and value judgements areinappropriately based upon analysis. Conclusion does not completely follow the information

    and analysis. Conclusion does not answer or incompletely matches the

    questions being asked. Future investigations in this problem are incompletely

    presented or non-existent.

    Makes appropriate deductions,inductions and value judgements.

    Conclusion is reasonable andappropriately based uponinformation and analysis

    Conclusion matches andanswers problem questions beingasked.

    Conclusion directs futureinvestigations in this problem

    Makes complete and appropriate deductions,inductions and value judgements.

    Conclusion is soundly based upon informationand analysis and clearly follows analysis.

    Conclusion clearly matches and directlyanswers problem questions being asked.

    Conclusion details and directs logical andappropriate future investigations in thisproblem

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