Support Materials for CCA Version 4.0—Reading
Draft – February 2006
Table 1: Depth-of-Knowledge Level Descriptors for Reading from CCA Version 4.0 (grades 4, 7,10)
(Adapted from Karin Hess, Center for Assessment/NCIEA by the
Kentucky Department of Education, 2005)
Recall and Reproduction
Skills and Concepts/
Strategic Thinking/ Complex Reasoning
Students will identify the purpose of capitalization, punctuation, boldface type, italics, or indentations to make meaning of the text.
Students will scan to find key information.
Students will skim to get the general meaning of a passage.
Students will locate key ideas or information in a passage.
Students will identify essential information from a passage needed to
Students will apply word recognition strategies (e.g., phonetic principles, context clues, structural analysis) to determine pronunciations or meanings of words in passages.
Students will apply knowledge of synonyms, antonyms, or compound words for comprehension.
Students will know that some words have multiple meanings and identify the correct meaning as the word is used.
Students will formulate questions to guide reading.
Students will identify and describe the characteristics of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or plays.
Students will describe characters, plot, setting, or problem/solution of a passage.
Students will interpret the meaning
Students will explain a character’s actions based on a passage.
Students will make predictions, draw conclusions, make generalizations, or make inferences based on what is read.
Students will use evidence from a passage to formulate opinions in response to a reading passage.
Students will explain or analyze how a conflict in a passage is resolved.
Students will accept or reject an argument, giving supporting evidence from the passage.
Students will analyze an argument, giving supporting evidence from the passage.
Students will compare or contrast elements, views, ideas, or events presented in one or more passages.
Students will analyze the ways in which similar themes or ideas are developed in more than one text.
Students will identify the interrelationships (themes, ideas, concepts) that are developed in more than one literary work.
Students will compare and contrast elements, views, ideas, or events presented in one or more passages.
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