Use Math to Solve Problems and Communicate Performance Continuum

Performance Level 5

Level 5 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies Adults performing at Level 5 can:
  • Read, write, and interpret a wide variety of (often) complex mathematical information such as
    Numbers and number sense: money/expenses/pricing;
    Patterns/Functions/Relationships: formulas for a variety of calculations;
    Space/Shape/Measurement: architectural symbols/ models and scale modeling; and
    Data/Statistics: ways to interpret, represent, identify trends in or draw inferences from data (complex tables and graphs; advanced forms of statistical analysis; graphing equations and generating equations from data and/or line graphs; using concept of slope).
  • Research, select and apply sophisticated, multi-step mathematical concepts and procedures (such as scale modeling, cost analysis, earnings/deductions analysis).
  • Evaluate the degree of precision needed for the solution.
  • Independently research, select, organize and integrate mathematical information of different types in carrying out procedures, describing patterns, and/or measuring with appropriate tools, to solve the problem and to verify that the solution in reasonable.
  • Create appropriate visual or graphic representations such as charts, tables, graphs, etc. and clearly communicate the solution process and results orally or in writing to a variety of audiences.

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

Adults performing at Level 5 can easily select and apply the knowledge, skills, and strategies at this level to independently accomplish minimally structured, complex math tasks in a variety of comfortable and familiar settings.

Level 5 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 5 can select, analyze, integrate, and use mathematical information to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Analyze effects of deductions on earnings and projecting annual income .
  • Design a "dream house".
  • Use an amortization table to decide whether to refinance the mortgage on a house.
  • Determine a budget for a grant proposal.
  • Design an archway or bridge to scale.
  • Make a decision about how to consolidate bills and credit card payments.

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