Use Math to Solve Problems and Communicate Performance Continuum

Performance Level 1

Exit Point for National Reporting System (e.g. for Level 1 -- Beginning ABE Literacy and Beginning ESL).

Level 1 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies Adults performing at Level 1 can:
  • Read, write, and interpret very simple types of mathematical information such as
    Numbers and number sense: whole numbers (up to three digits), common monetary values, and benchmark fractions (1/2, 1/4) and percents (50%);
    Patterns/Functions/Relationships: very simple patterns, commonly-used denominations/groupings (5s, 10s, 25s), and very simple proportions (2:1, 1:2);
    Space/Shape/Measurement: high frequency standard units of measurement (pounds, feet, quarts, gallons), geometric shapes, and concepts of length and width; and
    Data/Statistics: very simple ways to interpret and represent data (checksheets, picture graphs, unambiguous bar graphs, line plots) emphasizing frequency of occurrence.
  • Recall and use a few simple mathematical procedures such as very basic estimating, counting, sorting, ordering, grouping, adding on (using counting or a calculator), orally counting by 2s, 5s and 10s, and measuring length and weight using tools calibrated with whole numbers (rulers, manipulatives).
  • Evaluate the degree of precision needed for the solution.
  • Extract discrete information from simple and concrete data and graphs, and measure with appropriate tools, describe patterns, and/or use computational procedures effectively to solve a problem and to verify that the solution is reasonable.
  • Communicate the solution to the problem orally, in role plays, with pictures, or by entries on a simple chart.

Show Fluency, Independence, and Ability to Perform in a Range of Settings

Adults performing at Level 1 can easily select and apply the knowledge, skills, and strategies at this level to independently accomplish simple, well-defined, and highly structured math tasks in one or more comfortable and familiar settings.

Level 1 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 1 can count, order, and group to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Make change using the "building" method.
  • Determine the amount of flooring needed in a room by counting square units of material within the shape of the room.
  • Estimate daily/weekly wages by adding on (counting) per-hour amounts.
  • Fit furniture into a space by counting square units within the shape of the space or by estimating using informal measurement units.
  • Interpret an unambiguous horizontal or vertical bar graph in a brochure from a local clinic in order to understand information about children's health concerns.
  • Measure ingredients for simple recipes using benchmark fractions.
  • Use tallies to determine number of useable items from total number of items produced.
  • Sort coins into like piles, and then determine the value of each pile.
  • Use manipulatives, mental math, a calculator, or paper and pencil to calculate how much it will cost for 2 people to go to the movies.
  • Develop a schedule for how and when to take medication according to a doctor's order.
  • Double a recipe for chocolate chip cookies for a children's party .

To see a Word version of the performance continuum, click here.

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