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, multistep 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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