Summary Tables of Texas Adult Education Content Standards & Benchmarks

Created by M.J. Ochoa, Far West GREAT Center
July 2008 (revised January 2009)

ABE/ASE CONTENT STANDARDS
LEVEL 3 – LOW INTERMEDIATE BASIC EDUCATION

READ WITH UNDERSTANDING

• Determine the purpose for reading.
• Select reading strategies appropriate to the purpose.
• Monitor comprehension and adjust reading strategies.
• Analyze the information and reflect on its underlying meaning.
• Integrate new understanding with prior knowledge to address the reading purpose.

CONVEY IDEAS IN WRITING

• Determine the purpose for communicating.
• Organize and present information to serve the purpose, context, and audience.
• Pay attention to conventions of English language usage, including grammar, spelling and sentence structure.
• Seek feedback and revise to enhance the effectiveness of the communication.

USE MATH TO SOLVE PROBLEMS AND COMMUNICATE

• Understand, interpret, and work with pictures, numbers and symbolic information.
• Define and select data to be used in solving the problem.
• Determine the degree of precision required by the situation.
• Apply knowledge of mathematical concepts and procedures to figure out how to answer a question, solve a problem.
• Make a prediction or carry out a task that has a mathematical dimension using appropriate quantitative procedures, and verify the results are reasonable.
• Communicate results using a variety of mathematical representations, including graphs, charts, tables, and algebraic models.

Determine Purpose
(R1.3) Demonstrate awareness of reading for real-life purposes.

Example: Reading a poster about minimum wage, citizenship procedures or housing rental ads.

Decode and Recognize Words
(R2.3) Decode and recognize most words in short-to-medium-length, continuous text with some assistance by:

• Breaking words into parts, and applying pronunciation rules,
• Drawing on content knowledge and vocabulary,
• Adjusting reading pace, and
• Recognizing and interpreting contractions.

Example: Contractions: won't – will not

Vocabulary Development
(R3.3) Demonstrate familiarity with high-interest related vocabulary (e.g., work, family) including homophones, homonyms, and common idiomatic expressions.

Example: “I was by myself.”

Locate Information
(R4.3) Locate information in simple text and graphs using a few strategies (e.g., predicting, and stating main idea).

Example: Answering questions related to passage.

Build Comprehension
(R5.3) Monitor and build comprehension using a range of simple strategies (e.g., posing and answering questions, identifying word and comprehension errors).

Example: Explain meaning of song lyrics.

Analyze and Organize Information
(R6.3) Identify the stated or unstated main idea and supporting details of medium length texts.

Example: Scan newspaper for specific purpose.

Determine Purpose
(W1.3) Determine the purpose and audience for communicating in writing with prompting.

Example: Prepare fliers for advertising job skills such as housekeeping.

Organize Information
(W2.3) Use simple planning strategies to:

• Identify and organize a limited number of ideas to support a single purpose (e.g., to convey personal experience, meet a specific need) to produce a legible and comprehensible draft.

Example: Plan to write an e-mail to company.

Present Information
(W3.3) Convey ideas with several supporting details and/or examples by:

• Appropriately using mostly familiar vocabulary (based on personal experience and learning) and
• Appropriately using basic text structure of simple steps / instructions / commands or a few short, well-linked paragraphs.

Example: Write a paragraph with a main idea and several supporting details.

Revise Writing
(W4.3) Revise writing based on reviewing drafts (reading silently or aloud) and feedback from teachers, peers and others to improve:

• Level of detail,
• The coherence and progression of ideas by adding, deleting, combining and rearranging sentences,
• Grammar (simple tense agreement), and
• Sentence structure (compound and some complex sentences).

Edit Writing
(W5.3) Use tools such as spelling word lists and simple editing checklists to make several simple edits of

• Grammar: present progressive, past and past progressive modal auxiliaries,
• Punctuation: commas in a series,
• Capitalization: titles, magazines, names of organization, and
• Language usage: Consistent verb tense, regular plurals, adverbs, adjectives, articles pronouns in the possessive, object and demonstrative forms and prepositions.

Recognize and Compare Numbers
(M1.3)
• Compare and order fractions.
• Identify mixed numbers.
• Compare and order decimals.

Example: given 0.1, 0.2, 0.02, 0.001, order the decimal from greatest to least.

Mathematical Symbols
(M2.3) Identify and use mathematical symbols (<,>, ≠) and words that represent those symbols.

Example: Compare prices from different advertisements, e.g., school supplies, groceries, clothing.

Number Line and Grids
(M3.3)
• Plot points in Quadrant I of a coordinate grid.
• Read and understand integers (positive and negative numbers as showing direction and change on both horizontal and vertical number lines.

Example: Plot age and weight of their children on a growth chart.

Application of Mathematical Operations
(M4.3)
• Model and apply meanings of addition and subtraction of decimals.
• Model meanings of multiplication and division (inverse operations) using facts through 12 x 12.

Example: Balance a checking account.

Currency
(M5.3) Count and make change using all U.S. coins and currency.

Example: How much change would you get back if you buy a $29.95 money order from a $50.00 bill?

Measurements
(M6.3) Measure whole units with appropriate tool: length, weight, volume, time, and temperature.

Example: Which tool would you use to measure the number of feet of baseboard that will be needed for a room?

Area, Perimeters, and Angles
(M7.3)
• Identify and define all angles including supplementary, complementary and vertical angles.

Example: Find a right angle and an acute angle within the classroom.

Using Ratios, Proportions, and Percents
(M8.3) Identify and write simple ratios and proportions.

Example: What is the ratio of males to females in the classroom?

Probabilities
(M9.3) Concept introduced at Level 4.

Graphs and Charts
(M10.3) Collect and interpret data to construct graphs, schedules, and tables, and diagrams.

Example: Choose a phone plan by comparing rates and constant costs.

Averages
(M11.3) Concept introduced at Level 4.

Order of Operations and Linear Equations
(M12.3) Use order of operations (i.e., multiplication, division, addition, subtraction), to evaluate expressions.

Example: 10 – 2 * 3 + 7 + 12 ÷ 6 = ?

Patterns and Sequences
(M13.3) Construct patterns using arithmetic sequences.

Example: 3, 5, 7, 9, 11…

Rounding and Estimation
(M14.3)
Round to specified place value including decimals.