Use Math to Solve Problems and Communicate Performance Continuum

Performance Level 3

Level 3 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies Adults performing at Level 3 can:
  • Read, write, and interpret a variety of common mathematical information such as:
    Numbers and number sense: monetary values, extensions of benchmark fractions (1/8, 1/3, 1/5, etc), decimals, and percents (15%, 30%, etc.);
    Patterns/Functions/Relationships: patterns and simple formulas (such as d=rt, a=lw);
    Space/Shape/Measurement: standard units of measurement including fractional units and benchmark angle measurements (90 degrees, 360 degrees, etc), geometric shapes including shapes containing a combination of common shapes, concept of pi, and concept of converting between units of measurement; and
    Data/Statistics: ways to interpret and represent data (tables and graphs with scaling, basic statistical concepts such as range, mode, mean, and median).
  • Recall and use a good store of mathematical procedures such as estimation, rounding, multiplication and division (with and without use of a calculator), adding and subtracting common fractional amounts, measure length, weight, area and circumference using tools calibrated to varying degrees of precision and converting units of measurement as appropriate.
  • Evaluate the degree of precision needed for the solution.
  • Define, select and organize a variety of common mathematical data and measure with appropriate tools, describe patterns, and/or use appropriate procedures effectively to solve a problem and verify that the solution is reasonable.
  • Communicate the solution to the problem orally, with visual representations, in writing, by entries in a table or appropriate graph, or with basic statistics (range, mode, mean, median).

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

Adults performing at Level 3 can easily select and apply the knowledge, skills, and strategies at this level to independently accomplish well-defined and structured math tasks in a range of comfortable and familiar settings.

Level 3 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 3 can select, record, and work with mathematical information to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Figure a tip on a restaurant bill.
  • Balance a checking account.
  • Write a children's book on multiplication facts.
  • Determine how much flooring is needed for a room by multiplying the length times the width of the room.
  • Design a survey regarding a community issue, and collect and organize the results.
  • Develop a monthly budget.
  • Design a garden to get the most space with the least amount of fencing needed.
  • Decide which product to buy based on a comparison of nutritional information.
  • Figure estimated taxes.

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