ADULT SECONDARY HIGH                                       COMPETENCY OUTLINE

CASAS Range: 246+                                                  TABE Range: 10.1-12.0+


By the end of this level, learners will have worked on and attained competency in the following areas:


  1. Communication
    1. Use appropriate non-verbal behavior.
    2. Use appropriate language for various purposes.

                                                    i.     informational

                                                   ii.     describe

                                                 iii.     state needs

                                                 iv.     command

                                                  v.     agree/disagree

                                                 vi.     ask permission

                                                vii.     persuade

                                              viii.     caution

                                                 ix.     influence

                                                  x.     request

                                                 xi.     advise

                                                xii.     negotiate

    1. Use appropriate language for various situations.

                                                    i.     Social

                                                   ii.     School

                                                 iii.     Work

                                                 iv.     Family

  1. Consumer Economics
    1. Read and interpret information when making purchases of goods and services.

                                                    i.     Prices

                                                   ii.     Warranties

                                                 iii.     Guarantees

    1. Read and interpret information on consumer-related topics.

                                                    i.     Safety procedures

                                                   ii.     Recall letters

                                                 iii.     False advertising

                                                 iv.     Pyramid schemes

                                                  v.     Consumer fraud

    1. Read and interpret credit card applications, agreements, and bills.
    2. Read and interpret information in catalogs and on order forms.
    3. Read and interpret lease and rental agreements.
    4. Read and interpret information on utilities.

                                                    i.     Utility bills

                                                   ii.     Service information

                                                 iii.     Repair information

    1. Read and interpret information about tenant and landlord rights.
    2. Read and interpret information on housing loans and home insurance.
    3. Read and interpret information about home and personnel possession maintenance and repair.

                                                    i.     Service agreements

                                                   ii.     Repair instructions

                                                 iii.     Work estimates

                                                 iv.     Repair bills

                                                  v.     Instruction labels

                                                 vi.     Safety instructions

                                                vii.     Care labels

                                              viii.     Operating instructions

    1. Read and interpret information about home safety and security.

                                                    i.     Crime alert letters and posters

                                                   ii.     Alarm instructions

                                                 iii.     Safety product instructions

    1. Read and interpret information on banking services.

                                                    i.     Checking accounts

                                                   ii.     Savings accounts

                                                 iii.     Personal loans

                                                 iv.     Car loans

                                                  v.     Home loans

                                                 vi.     Retirement accounts

    1. Read and interpret information on financial planning.
    2. Compute mileage and gasoline consumption.
    3. Read and interpret highway and traffic signs and driving regulations.
    4. Use a highway map.
    5. Read and interpret information related to automobile purchase, maintenance, and insurance.
  1. Community Resources
    1. Read, locate, and interpret information in a telephone directory.
    2. Take and interpret telephone messages.
    3. Interpret transportation schedules and fares.

                                                    i.     City bus

                                                   ii.     Airplane

                                                 iii.     Train

    1. Read, interpret, and locate information on community agencies and services.

                                                    i.     Emergency assistance agencies

1.     housing

2.     food

3.     domestic violence

                                                   ii.     Governmental

1.     police

2.     fire

3.     low income housing

4.     Social Security

5.     Medicare

6.     library

7.     driverís license information

                                                 iii.     Medical and health facilities

1.     clinics

2.     hospitals

3.     treatment centers

4.     immunization clinics

                                                 iv.     Educational services

1.     K-12 schools

2.     community education

3.     colleges and universities

4.     preschools

                                                  v.     Child care services

    1. Read and interpret information about leisure activities.

                                                    i.     Vacation planning

                                                   ii.     Entertainment schedules

                                                 iii.     Ordering from a restaurant

                                                 iv.     Attractions information and schedules

    1. Read and interpret information about ethnic, cultural and language groups.
    2. Read and interpret information about the arts.
  1. Health
    1. Recognize and use vocabulary related to symptoms, illnesses, and ailments.
    2. Read and interpret medical instructions.

                                                    i.     Doctorís instructions

                                                   ii.     Prescription labels

                                                 iii.     Over-the-counter medicine labels

    1. Read and interpret health information.

                                                    i.     Preventative health

                                                   ii.     Immunizations

                                                 iii.     Health alerts

                                                 iv.     Health awareness

    1. Interpret and fill out medical history forms.
    2. Read and interpret product safety labels.
    3. Read and interpret information about measures to prevent accident and injury.
    4. Read and interpret basic first-aid instructions.
    5. Read and interpret information on communicable diseases.
    6. Read and interpret information on substance abuse.
    7. Read and interpret nutritional information and food safety.

                                                    i.     Balanced diet

                                                   ii.     Food storage

                                                 iii.     Food handling

  1. Employment
    1. Know and utilize various resources to obtain employment.

                                                    i.     Want ads

                                                   ii.     Networking

                                                 iii.     Job postings

                                                 iv.     Internet job sites

                                                  v.     Employment agencies

    1. Read and interpret information about job training opportunities.
    2. Understand and interpret job-related information.

                                                    i.     Work agreements

                                                   ii.     Union agreements

                                                 iii.     Union contracts

                                                 iv.     Pay stubs

                                                  v.     Benefit forms

                                                 vi.     Timekeeping forms, time clocks

                                                vii.     Employee handbooks

                                              viii.     Personnel policies

                                                 ix.     Job manuals

    1. Understand and interpret job-related safety standards and procedures.

                                                    i.     Safety manuals

                                                   ii.     OSHA information

                                                 iii.     Equipment instructions

    1. Understand information related to job performance.

                                                    i.     Job descriptions

                                                   ii.     Performance appraisals

                                                 iii.     Continuing education

    1. Communicate job-related information orally and in writing.

                                                    i.     Follow, clarify, or give

1.     feedback

2.     instructions

                                                   ii.     Give and respond to criticism

                                                 iii.     Correspondence

1.     letters

2.     memos

3.     email

                                                 iv.     Workplace forms

1.     status reports

2.     productive reports

    1. Practice skills related to effectively working with other people.

                                                    i.     Work cooperatively on a team

                                                   ii.     Learn from others

                                                 iii.     Communication skills

                                                 iv.     Initiative and resourcefulness

                                                  v.     Leadership skills

                                                 vi.     Respecting others

                                                vii.     Motivating others

                                              viii.     Negotiation

                                                 ix.     Multicultural awareness and respect

  1. Government and Law
    1. Read and interpret information on voting and the political process.

                                                    i.     Voter qualifications

                                                   ii.     Voter registration

                                                 iii.     Electoral process

                                                 iv.     Candidate information

                                                  v.     Special interest groups

    1. Understand historical information.

                                                    i.     Major events US history

                                                   ii.     US historical documents

                                                 iii.     Major events in world history

    1. Understand geographical information.

                                                    i.     Various types of maps

1.     political

2.     topographical

3.     economic

                                                   ii.     Information about US states

                                                 iii.     Information about major US and world cities

                                                 iv.     Information about geographical features

    1. Read, interpret, and understand information about legal rights and responsibilities.

                                                    i.     Common laws and ordinances

                                                   ii.     Common legal forms

                                                 iii.     Basic legal rights

                                                 iv.     Procedures for obtaining legal advice

                                                  v.     Basic court procedures

                                                 vi.     Traffic tickets

                                                vii.     Common infractions and crimes and legal consequences

                                              viii.     Reporting a crime

    1. Read, interpret, and complete tax forms.

                                                    i.     Income tax

                                                   ii.     Sales tax

                                                 iii.     Tax tables

                                                 iv.     Tax publications

    1. Read, interpret, and discussion information about governmental activities.

                                                    i.     International affairs

                                                   ii.     Legislative activities

                                                 iii.     Judicial activities

                                                 iv.     Executive activities

                                                  v.     Military activities

                                                 vi.     Law enforcement activities

                                                vii.     Local policymaking

                                              viii.     Local, state, and federal governmental leaders

    1. Read and interpret information about civic responsibilities and activities.

                                                    i.     Community problems and solutions

                                                   ii.     Civic organizations

                                                 iii.     Voting

                                                 iv.     Jury duty

    1. Read and interpret information about science and the environment.

                                                    i.     Physics and energy

                                                   ii.     Geology and earth science

                                                 iii.     Physical science

                                                 iv.     Chemistry

                                                  v.     Biology

                                                 vi.     Technology

    1. Read, interpret, and understand economic concepts.

                                                    i.     Statistics

                                                   ii.     Issues

                                                 iii.     Trends

                                                 iv.     Economic systems

  1. Computation
    1. Use a variety of strategies to solve mathematical problems.
    2. Solve real world problems using whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and percents.
    3. Solve real world problems using consumer formulas.
    4. Recognize and apply simple geometric and algebraic formulas.
    5. Measure using a variety of instruments and measurement scales.

                                                    i.     US standard measurement

                                                   ii.     Metric measurement

                                                 iii.     Linear dimensions

                                                 iv.     Geometric shapes

                                                  v.     Rules, scales, gauges, dials, switches, controls

    1. Interpret spatial relationships.
    2. Interpret numerical data from graphs.

                                                    i.     Line graph

                                                   ii.     Bar graph

                                                 iii.     Picture graph

                                                 iv.     Circle graph

    1. Interpret statistical information presented by news sources.
  1. Learning to Learn
    1. Read for a variety of purposes.

                                                    i.     Information

                                                   ii.     Entertainment

                                                 iii.     Persuasion

                                                 iv.     Education

    1. Read a variety of materials

                                                    i.     Novels

                                                   ii.     Poetry

                                                 iii.     Drama

                                                 iv.     News articles

                                                  v.     Information articles

                                                 vi.     Brochures

                                                vii.     Instruction manuals

                                              viii.     Directions

                                                 ix.     Recipes

                                                  x.     Charts, graphs, and tables

                                                 xi.     Schedules

                                                xii.     Textbooks

                                              xiii.     Editorials

                                              xiv.     Essays

                                               xv.     Biography and autobiography

    1. Demonstrate and ability to use critical thinking skills.

                                                    i.     Analysis of a situation, statement, or process

1.     component elements

2.     causal and part/whole relationships

                                                   ii.     Comparison

1.     differentiating

2.     sorting

3.     classifying

                                                 iii.     Inferences

1.     inductive and deductive reasoning

2.     hypothesize

3.     predict

4.     conclude

5.     synthesize

6.     fact vs opinion

7.     mandatory vs discretionary

                                                 iv.     Evaluation of a situation, statement, or process

1.     assemble information

2.     provide evidence

3.     make judgments

4.     examine assumptions

5.     identify contradictions

                                                  v.     Generate ideas

1.     divergent and convergent approaches

2.     creative imagination

3.     brainstorming

    1. Demonstrate study skills.

                                                    i.     Study strategies

                                                   ii.     Note taking

                                                 iii.     Memorization strategies

                                                 iv.     Test taking

    1. Identify and utilize informational resources

                                                    i.     Internet

                                                   ii.     Dictionaries

                                                 iii.     Encyclopedias

                                                 iv.     Indexes

                                                  v.     Tables of contents

                                                 vi.     Glossaries

                                                vii.     Appendixes

    1. Understand information about effective personal management.

                                                    i.     Personal values, qualities, interests, abilities, and aptitudes

                                                   ii.     Self-image, self-esteem

                                                 iii.     Coping with negative feedback

                                                 iv.     Stress reduction

                                                  v.     Accommodating personal, family, and work responsibilities

                                                 vi.     Dealing with change

  1. Grammar and Writing
    1. Write for a variety of audiences.

                                                    i.     Employer

                                                   ii.     Co-worker

                                                 iii.     Friend

                                                 iv.     Childís teacher

                                                  v.     General public

                                                 vi.     Family member

                                                vii.     Teacher

                                              viii.     Product manufacturer

                                                 ix.     Health professional

    1. Write for a variety of purposes.

                                                    i.     Instruct

                                                   ii.     Inform

                                                 iii.     Complain

                                                 iv.     Entertain

                                                  v.     Persuade

                                                 vi.     Report

    1. Write a variety of documents.

                                                    i.     Essays

                                                   ii.     Paragraphs

                                                 iii.     Letters

                                                 iv.     Memos

                                                  v.     Reports

                                                 vi.     Notes

    1. Write use the conventions of Edited American English.