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, commonlyused 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, welldefined, 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) perhour 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 .
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