ADULT SECONDARY LOW                                        COMPETENCY OUTLINE

CASAS Range: 236-245                                                 TABE Range: 8.1-10.0


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


  1. Communication
    1. Fill out a personal information forms for a variety of situations.

                                                    i.     school enrollment

                                                   ii.     training

                                                 iii.     children’s school

                                                 iv.     financial aid

                                                  v.     census forms

                                                 vi.     Respond to questions in all areas

1.     name

2.     address

3.     phone number, fax number

4.     email

5.     gender

6.     ethnicity

7.     marital status

8.     household income

9.     educational background

10. financial information

11. disability status

    1. Practice effective group communication.

                                                    i.     Team building and team work

1.     team roles, positive and negative

2.     verbal and nonverbal feedback

3.     leadership

4.     consensus

                                                   ii.     Team management skills

1.     assuming leadership role

2.     materials management

3.     setting agendas

4.     note-taking

  1. Consumer Economics
    1. Interpret information about mortgages.

                                                    i.     Interest rates

                                                   ii.     Payback term

                                                 iii.     Escrow

                                                 iv.     Down payment

                                                  v.     Balloon payment

                                                 vi.     Research mortgage interest rates through various sources

    1. Interpret information in a credit report.

                                                    i.     Write a letter to correct credit information

    1. Research information on a major purchase and compare financing options.

                                                    i.     Research sources

1.     internet

2.     non-profit organizations

3.     magazines

4.     recommendations for others

                                                   ii.     Compare product information

1.     price

2.     warranty

3.     guarantee

4.     service

5.     financing options

                                                 iii.     Compare financing options

1.     term

2.     interest rate

3.     down payment

4.     monthly payment

5.     penalty for early payback

                                                 iv.     Make a budget plan to purchase the item

    1. Interpret information on the maintenance and repair of possessions.

                                                    i.     Operating instructions

                                                   ii.     Assembly instructions

                                                 iii.     Safety instructions and warnings

                                                 iv.     Warranties and guarantees

                                                  v.     Repair instructions

    1. Compare savings plans.

                                                    i.     IRA

                                                   ii.     pension

                                                 iii.     401K, 403B

                                                 iv.     savings account

                                                  v.     money market account

                                                 vi.     certificate of deposit

                                                vii.     stocks and bonds

                                              viii.     government bonds

  1. Community Resources
    1. Interpret information on business licensing and regulations.

                                                    i.     Identify business types that need licensing (i.e. child care)

                                                   ii.     Identify licensing agencies

                                                 iii.     Complete licensing paperwork

    1. Understand aspects of culture.

                                                    i.     Ethnic groups

                                                   ii.     Religion

                                                 iii.     Social issues

                                                 iv.     Cultural groups

                                                  v.     Language groups

  1. Health
    1. Communicate with health care providers and insurers.

                                                    i.     Make a complaint

                                                   ii.     Request service

                                                 iii.     Enroll in a plan

                                                 iv.     Question a bill

    1. Interpret health information.

                                                    i.     AIDS

                                                   ii.     Sexually transmitted diseases

                                                 iii.     Communicable diseases

                                                 iv.     Non communicable diseases

                                                  v.     Conditions

                                                 vi.     Treatment

    1. Understand health maintenance practices.

                                                    i.     Immunizations

                                                   ii.     Preventive care

1.     physicals

2.     teeth cleaning

3.     eye exams

                                                 iii.     Healthy diet

                                                 iv.     Exercise

  1. Employment
    1. Develop a career plan.

                                                    i.     Skills, abilities, and interests

                                                   ii.     Training requirements

                                                 iii.     Career availability and viability

    1. Interpret workplace information.

                                                    i.     Employee handbooks

                                                   ii.     Personnel policies

                                                 iii.     Job manuals

                                                 iv.     Safety procedures

    1. Understand elements of job performance and evaluation.

                                                    i.     Job descriptions

                                                   ii.     Performance evaluations

                                                 iii.     Raises

                                                 iv.     Set performance goals

    1. Interpret information on workplace discrimination and harassment.

                                                    i.     Sexual, gender, ethnic, religious

                                                   ii.     Workplace reporting

                                                 iii.     Reporting beyond the workplace

    1. Understand common workplace technology and systems.

                                                    i.     Filing

1.     alpha

2.     numeric

3.     alpha-numeric

                                                   ii.     Basic computer operation

1.     keyboarding

2.     use of common software

3.     keyboard and mouse commands

                                                 iii.     Receptionist

1.     take messages

2.     answering the phone

3.     placing on hold

4.     business voice mail

    1. Interpret machine operating and repair instructions.
    2. Communicate effectively orally and in writing in the workplace.

                                                    i.     Give, follow, clarify, and respond to

1.     Feedback

2.     Instructions

3.     Criticism

                                                   ii.     Interpret and write

1.     memos

2.     notes

3.     reports

4.     letters

5.     email

                                                 iii.     Team work

1.     work cooperatively

2.     promote effective group interaction

3.     take personal responsibility

4.     negotiation

    1. Understand purpose and types of workplace resources.

                                                    i.     Human resources

                                                   ii.     On-site medical

                                                 iii.     Employee assistance programs

                                                 iv.     Dislocated worker services

                                                  v.     Training programs

                                                 vi.     Tuition assistance

  1. Government and Law
    1. Locate and interpret information on special interest groups.

                                                    i.     Funding

                                                   ii.     Lobbying

                                                 iii.     Political Action Committees

                                                 iv.     Role in making laws

    1. Understand the legislative process

                                                    i.     Role of the legislative branch of federal and state government

                                                   ii.     Who makes up the legislative system

                                                 iii.     How a law is drafted and enacted

    1. Identify historical documents.

                                                    i.     US Constitution

                                                   ii.     Declaration of Independence

                                                 iii.     Bill of Rights

    1. Identify the US states, major countries, regions of the world and geographical features.

                                                    i.     Locate the states

                                                   ii.     Locate major countries and regions of the world

                                                 iii.     Identify geographical features

    1. Understand information on basic legal rights.

                                                    i.     Basic court procedures

                                                   ii.     Rights of the accused

                                                 iii.     Reporting a crime

                                                 iv.     Victim of a crime

    1. Understand information on civic responsibilities.

                                                    i.     Voting

                                                   ii.     Jury duty

                                                 iii.     Paying taxes

    1. Interpret information on recycling.

                                                    i.     Local process

                                                   ii.     Why

  1. Computation
    1. Calculate discounts and percent of increase and decrease.

                                                    i.     Calculate discount

                                                   ii.     Calculate percent of increase/decrease

    1. Solve one- and two-step algebraic equations with one variable.

                                                    i.     One variable

                                                   ii.     One and two step equations

                                                 iii.     Set-up and solve algebraic equations from word problems.

    1. Convert between metric units.

                                                    i.     Measure using metrics

                                                   ii.     Convert between metric units

    1. Solve equations with the mathematic concepts of square, square roots, parentheses, and order of operations.

                                                    i.     Square

                                                   ii.     Square root

                                                 iii.     Parentheses

                                                 iv.     Order of operations

    1. Interpret a scale drawing.

                                                    i.     Draw an item to scale

                                                   ii.     Interpret a scale drawing

    1. Know different types and relationships of angles and triangles.

                                                    i.     Angles

1.     types

2.     degrees

3.     relationships

                                                   ii.     Triangles

1.     types

2.     degrees

3.     symmetry

4.     congruency

5.     Pythagorean relationship

    1. Solve real world problems using probability.

                                                    i.     Compute probability of an event

                                                   ii.     Real world applications of probability

  1. Learning to Learn
    1. Set personal, educational, and workplace goals.

                                                    i.     Personal

                                                   ii.     Educational

                                                 iii.     Workplace

    1. Create a schedule.

                                                    i.     To do lists

                                                   ii.     Prioritizing

    1. Demonstrate critical thinking skills.

                                                    i.     Paraphrase

                                                   ii.     Causal relationships

                                                 iii.     Comparisons

                                                 iv.     Classifications

                                                  v.     Fact vs opinion

                                                 vi.     Judgments

                                                vii.     Assumptions

    1. Demonstrate inductive and deductive reasoning.

                                                    i.     Hypothesize

                                                   ii.     Predict

                                                 iii.     Conclude

                                                 iv.     Synthesize

    1. Demonstrate ability to use decision making factors.

                                                    i.     Goals

                                                   ii.     Constraints

                                                 iii.     Consequences

                                                 iv.     Alternatives

    1. Demonstrate ability to use a problem solving process.

                                                    i.     Identify a problem and causes

                                                   ii.     Hypothesize an outcome

                                                 iii.     Implement a solution

                                                 iv.     Evaluate outcome

                                                  v.     Modify

    1. Interpret information on personal management.

                                                    i.     Stress management

                                                   ii.     Self-esteem

                                                 iii.     Values

                                                 iv.     Self-image

    1. Analyze fiction.

                                                    i.     Plot

                                                   ii.     Characters

                                                 iii.     Setting

                                                 iv.     Figurative language

                                                  v.     Theme

    1. Analyze drama.

                                                    i.     Structure

                                                   ii.     Protagonist

                                                 iii.     Antagonist

                                                 iv.     Stage directions

                                                  v.     Theme

                                                 vi.     Characterization

    1. Analyze poetry.

                                                    i.     Rhythm and rhyme

                                                   ii.     Figurative language

                                                 iii.     Use of language

                                                 iv.     Visual representation on a page

                                                  v.     Speaker

                                                 vi.     Theme

    1. Analyze non-fiction.

                                                    i.     Main idea

                                                   ii.     Support

1.     cause-effect

2.     order of importance

3.     problem-solution

                                                 iii.     Author bias

                                                 iv.     Purpose

                                                  v.     Social studies and science topics

    1. Analyze graphic documents.

                                                    i.     Main idea

                                                   ii.     Factual details

                                                 iii.     Opinions

                                                 iv.     Author bias

                                                  v.     Inferences

                                                 vi.     Conclusions

  1. Grammar and writing
    1. Use Edited American English in all written tasks.
    2. Follow a writing process.

                                                    i.     Prewriting

1.     brainstorming

2.     clustering

3.     mapping

4.     outlining

                                                   ii.     Multiple drafts

                                                 iii.     Revising

1.     content

2.     clarify

3.     tone

                                                 iv.     Editing

1.     mechanics

2.     usage

3.     grammar

                                                  v.     Publishing/sharing

    1. Write sentences correctly in a variety of structures.

                                                    i.     Compound sentences

                                                   ii.     Complex sentences with subordination

                                                 iii.     Appositives

                                                 iv.     Parallelism

                                                  v.     Subject-verb agreement

                                                 vi.     Pronoun-antecedent agreement

    1. Write paragraphs and essays of various types.

                                                    i.     Narrative

                                                   ii.     Problem-solution

                                                 iii.     Descriptive

                                                 iv.     Opinion

                                                  v.     How-to

    1. Evaluate writing of others for errors and clarity.

                                                    i.     Locating and correcting errors

1.     spelling

2.     grammar

3.     usage

4.     punctuation

5.     agreement

                                                   ii.     Clarity of message

                                                 iii.     Paragraphing