Six Traits Writing

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AZ uses the 6 + 1 traits model for its assessment of students in the state, and it interprets whether a student meets expectations on writing as an average score of 3 or higher. My questions are: 1) Are the scores meant to be averaged? 2) Isn't a score of 4 showing competency and not a score of 3?