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ASE program summary from April 15th staff day

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This is a Summary of the High School and GED – PLC Group discussion on April 15, 2011.

** Objective:** To develop competency skills to meet the general objective.

**Specific Objective:** To meet the criterion for developing an assessment from a competency skills test that indicated a % less than 76%.(CASAS)

Develop 20 questions. Passing score 14/20 – 70%.

Students who score below 70% will not be recommended to take the CAHSEE or GED.

Teacher re-teaches students who scored low, in middle of 3^{rd} week and conducts another test with test items in different order to those students who scored low on previous test.

Develop CFA’S:

- Select 8 items/skills
- Teach 2 items per quarter(6weeks). 10 questions per skill=20 questions total.
- Prepare CFA (assessment) for students who scored less than 237 on CASAS Math.

And develop another CFA for students who scored above 237 on CASAS Math.

When to Assess students: Give test end of six weeks (end of quarter) on the two items.

Look at May 6 as date to have draft Math and ELA test items/questions available for Hi School Team.

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April 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Thanks so much for posting Billy! I was able to post our summary output over the weekend here in out BAS blog too (it was posted under the last posting for the April 15th PLC meeting), but this is also great! Okay, here’s what I just added unto that:

Hi all,

In addition to the summary our group turned in last Friday afternoon, below is how each member in the group will develop the CFA questions ( 10 items per competency for both students who got low scores (below 237 for Math and below 245 for Reading) as well as for those who scored high (above 237 points for Math and above 245 for Reading)) as divided:

For MATH:

Competencies Assigned to:

a. Billy Dimry:

Competency 6.1 Compute using whole numbers.

Competency 6.2 Compute using decimal fractions.

b. Lew Farwell:

Competency 6.7: Interpret data from graphs and compute averages

Competency 6.5: use expressions, equations, and formulas

c. Rina Dungao:

Competency 6.3: Compute using fractions.

Competency 6.4: Compute with percents, rate, ratio, and proportion.

d. ALL Members:

Competency 6.6: Demonstrate measurement skills.

Competency 6.9: Use estimation and mental arithmetic.

For READING:

a. Billy Dimry

Competency 4.3: Understand work-related safety standards and procedures.

Competency 4.8: Demonstrate effectiveness in working with other people.

b. Lew Farwell:

Competency 2.5: Use community agencies and services.

Competency 2.7: Understand aspects of society and culture.

c. Rina Dungao:

Competency 7.2: Demonstrate ability to use thinking skills.

Competency 7.4: Demonstrate study skills.

d. ALL members:

Competency 4.5 Effectively utilize common workplace technology and systems.

Competency 2.6: use lesire time resources and facilities.

TARGET DATE OF SUBMISSION: May 6, 2011.

Thanks!

Rina Dichoso-Dungao

April 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Here’s our group’s more detailed account ( just so you know and can also see what I posted and you can add any suggestions or comments. Not sure if you received the one I sent via our regular e-mails since I never got a response from you, so here it is! Glad to know you have been “blogging”! =)

Fri, April 15, 2011 7:34:11 PM

Output of ABE/ASE Group (PLC Meeting)

Hello everyone!

This is what the ASE/ABE group came up with in this afternoon’s (April 15th) PLC meeting:

Based on the data Dave provided us re: the CASAS results, here is our:

Objective: To accommodate the general intelligence of a diverse group of learners.

Specific Objectives:

a. To meet the criteria for developing an assessment from a selection of competency skills which indicated a less than 76% percentage.

b. To develop the competency skills in order to maximize the students; learning potential.

MATH SECTION: (The group chose eight (8) competency skills that had a below 76% test result.)

They were the following:

1. Computing using whole numbers. (6.1)

2. Computing using decimal fractions. (6.2)

3. Computing using simple fractions. (6.3)

4. Computing using percents, rate,ratio, and proportion. (6.4)

5. Demonstrating measurement skills. (6.6)

6. Interpreting data from graphs and computing averages. (6.7)

7. Using estimation and mental arithmetic. (6.9)

8. Using expressions, equations, and formulas. (6.5)

LANGUAGE ARTS SECTION: (Likewise, the group chose eight (8) competency skills that had a below 76% test result)

They were the following:

1. Using community agencies and services. (2.5)

2. Understanding aspects of society and culture. (2.7)

3. Understanding work-related safety standards and procedures. (4.3)

4. Demonstrating effectiveness in working with other people. (4.8)

5. Demonstrating ability to use thinking skills. (7.2)

6. Demonstrating study skills. (7.4)

7. Effectively utilizing common workplace technology and systems. (4.5)

8. Using leisure time resources and facilities. (2.6)

DEVELOPMENT OF A “C.F.A.” (Common Formative Assessment) for each subject area:

1. ASE/ABE instructors shall teach two (2) competency skills per quarter–covering a total of six (6) weeks.

2. Two sets of CFAs shall be developed:

2.1 For MATH: One CFA for students who scored less than 237 in the initial CASAS testing.

2.2 Another CFA for students who scored 237 and above in the initial CASAS testing.

2.3 For LANGUAGE ARTS (Reading): One CFA for students who scored less than 245.

2.4 Another CFA for students who scored 245 and above.

3. The C.F.A. questions per quarter for both subject areas will be a total of 20 questions, with ten (10) questions developed per competency skill.

4. The C.F.A. shall be administered at the end of each quarter–which is at the end of 6 weeks.

5. Minimum (passing) score for each CFA per quarter will be 14/20 or 70% of the total grade.

6. Students who scored below 70% will not be recommended or advised to take either the CAHSEE or GED exam. Instructor has to re-teach students in the competency skill where they scored low, and then give the same test (with test questions already in a different order) mid-quarter. (In this case, during the 3rd week of the 6 week period)

Next action of the ASE/ABE group: Development of the quarterly CFA. Each member was tasked with competency skills in which they will have to develop the test questions best-suited for the level the student is in.

Submission of test questions and next meeting of the ASE/ABE group: May 6, 2011 (Friday) at 12:00-1:30 p.m.

As always, any suggestions or comments regarding our group’s output is most welcome!

Thank you.

Rina Dichoso-Dungao

April 23, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Below are some of the (math and reading) CFAs created for the ABE/ASE group as indicated by their competencies. The other competencies are to follow:

COMMON FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT (MATH)- For students who scored below 237 points in the CASAS Test:

I. CASAS Competency 6.3: Compute using fractions:

1. The doctor ordered a half dosage from the 100 milliliter medicine for Mrs. Jones. How much should Mrs. Jones take?

a. 1/3 b. ¼ c. 1/5 d. ½ e. None

2. Susan used ¼ cup of sugar for her chocolate cake, while Ana used 2/4 cups of sugar for her chocolate cake. How much total cups of sugar did both women use?

a. 5/4 b. ¾ c. 3/8 d. 1 and ¼ e. None

3. A mother wanted to share75% of her earnings with her only child. This percentage is represented by which fraction?

a. 2/3 b. 5/8 c. ¾ d. 3/8 e. Not enough information given.

4. In the fraction 5/8, five is defined as the:

a. Denominator b. Whole Number c. Improper fraction d. Numerator e. Not enough information given.

5. A tailor wanted to cut 7/9 inches from a 3/9 inch-fabric that he was sewing. If he does this, how much fabric will be left?

a. 4/9 b. 4/18 c. 1 and 1/9 d. 10/9 e. Not enough information given.

6. If reduced to its lowest terms, 5/15 will be:

a. ½ b. ¾ c. 2/3 d. 1/3 e. Not enough information given.

7. In the fraction 9/4, the 9 is defined as the:

a. Whole Number b. Denominator c. Numerator d. Mixed Number e. Not enough information given.

8. Mary added ½ cup of flour in addition to the ¾ cup of flour she already put in her baking mixture. What is the total number of cups put in by Mary, reduced to the lowest terms?

a. 2 cups b. 1 and ¾ c. 1 and 2/4 d. 1 and ¼ e. Not enough informaton given.

9. 1/3 of 60 students watched a movie. How many students watched a movie?

a. 25 b. 20 c. 15 d. 10 e. Not enough information given.

10. Do simple division: 2/3 divided by ½ is equal to:

a. 1 and 1/5 b. 1 and ¼ c. 1 and 1/3 d. 1 and ½ e. Not enough information given.

II. CASAS Competency 6.4: Compute with percents, rate, ratio, and proportion.

1. ¼ of the total class want to go on a field trip. This fraction is represented by which percentage?

a. 22% b. 23% c. 24% d. 25% e. Not enough information given.

2. There are 40 students with one teacher in the classroom. This ratio is expressed as:

a. 1:40 b. 40:1 c. 40 versus 1 d. 40.1 e. Not enough information given.

3. If 3 oranges cost $2.05, how much will a dozen cost?

a. $5.50 b. $6.40 c. 8.20 d. 10.05 e. Not enough information given.

4. Fifty percent of 240 is:

a. 110 b. 120 c. 130 d. 140 e. Not enough information given.

5. An $80 dress goes on sale for 20% off the original price. What is the sale price?

a. $64.00 b. $68.00 c. $70.00 d. $80.00 e. Not enough information given.

6. Daniel earned $45 in tips working 5 hours at a restaurant one evening. If he continues to earn tips at the same rate, how many hours will it take Daniel to earn $270.00?

a. 9 hours b. 27 hours c. 30 hours d. 35 hours e. Not enough information given.

7. Rachel got a tip of $8.25 for a dinner meal that cost $48.50. What percentage did the diner leave her?

a. 8 % b. 11.4% c. 12% d. 15% e. Not enough information given.

8. Blood constitutes 7% of a person’s total body weight. If Frannie weighs 128 pounds, how much does her blood weigh?

a. 0.9 lbs. b. 8 lbs. c. 9 lbs. d. 10 lbs. e. Not enough information given.

9. You need seven cups of water per every then small bags of sifted flour in baking a huge cake. Express the given information in ratio form:

a. 10:7 b. 10.7 c. 7.10 d. 7:10 e. Not enough information given.

10. If Meg loses 2 pounds in 2 weeks, how many pounds would she have lost in 8 weeks?

a. 6 lbs. b. 7 lbs. c. 8 lbs. d. 9 lbs. e. Not enough information given.

CASAS Competency 6.6 : Demonstrate measurement skills:

1. If 1 pound is equal to 16 ounces, and Suzie needs four pounds of beef for a birthday party she is organizing, how many ounces will that be?

a. 34 ounces b. 44 ounces c. 54 ounces d. 64 ounces e. Not enough information given.

2. If one yard is equal to 3 feet, how many yards will Ronald’s garden measure if his garden measures 59 feet?

3. 17.7 yards b. 18.6 c. 19.6 d. 20.6 e. Not enough information given.

4. Susana needs to buy eight quarts of ice cream for the children’s party in the aternoon. How many pints of ice cream will this be if 1 gallon = 4 quarts= 8 pints?

a. 15 pints b. 16 pints c. 17 pints d. 18 pints e. Not enough information given.

5. The junkyard needed three tons of metal . How much is this in pounds if 1 ton is equal to 2,000 lbs.?

a. 4,000 lbs. b. 5,000 lbs. c. 5 & 1/5 lbs. d. 6 pounds e. Not enough information given.

6. How many inches of fabric will a seamstress need if she needs to sew a 6-feet bridal train?

a. 72 inches b. 82 inches c. 92 inches d. 102 inches e. Not enough information given.

7. If one pound is equal to 16 ounces, then 114 oz. is approximately equal to _____ lb.

a. 5 pounds b. 6 pounds c. 7 pounds d. 8 pounds e. Not enough information given.

8. Super-Glo floor wax is sold for $2.89 per quart. How much will 6 gallons cost?

a. $ 66.36 b. $ 67.36 c. $ 68.36 d. $ 69.36 e. Not enough information given.

9. Compute: 3 lbs. & 9 oz. added to 6 lbs. & 7 oz. is equal to:

a. 8 pounds b. 9 pounds c. 10 pounds d. 11 pounds e. Not enough information given.

10. Mia ran 2 miles yesterday. How many yards did she cover if 1 mile is equal to 1,760 yards?

a. 6, 520 yards b. 5,520 yards c. 4, 520 yards d. 3,520 yards e. Not enough information given.

CASAS Competency 6.9: Use estimation and mental arithmetic:

1. John wanted to buy a 40-inch television set that was selling for 198.67 cents. Rounded off to the nearest whole number, how much will the television set cost?

a. $ 198 b. $199 c. $200 d. 299 e. Not enough information given.

2. Estimate the percentage: 25% of 200 is:

a. 50 b. 60 c. 70 d. 80 e. Not enough information given.

3. 92% of 30 people failed to register in the office. About how many people is that?

a. 24 b. 25 c. 26 d. 27 e. Not enough information given.

4. Fill in the blank: _____% of 22 is 8.

a. 31 & 1/3 b. 32 & 1/3 c. 33 & 1/3 d. 34 & 1/3 e. Not enough information given.

5. A survery of 12,212 people in four states showed that 3.6% were not able to read. About how many people is that?

a. 480 b. 485 c. 490 d. 500 e. Not enough information given.

6. Dave deposited the following amounts in his bank account in three consecutive days: $40, $65, and $25. What is the total amount that Dave deposited in his bank within those three days?

a. $ 120 b. $ 130 c. $ 140 d. $ 150 e. Not enough information given.

7. If Anna needed to withdraw $78.90 from her savings account which had a total of $314.00, approximately how much will she have left in her savings account?

a. $ 232 b. $ 233 c. $ 234 d. $ 235 e. Not enough information given.

8. Mark wanted to buy a gadget that costs $123.23. Approximately how much is the gadget to the nearest hundreds place?

a. $ 120 b.$ 121 c. $ 122.23 d. $ 123 e. Not enough information given.

9. About 20% of the debating team were absent from last week’s shool-wide debate. About how much is this percentage regardless of the total number of its members?

a. 1/5 b. ¼ c. 1/3 d. ½ e. Not enough information given.

10. Fill in the blank: 14% of _____ is 21.

a. 146 b. 147 c. 148 d. 149 e. Not enough information given.

COMMON FORMATIVE ASESSMENT FOR LANGUAGE ARTS (Reading)-For students who scored below 245 in the CASAS test:

I. CASAS Competency 7.2: Demonstrate the ability to use thinking skills.

Nos. 1-3: Choose the best answer that best defines the bodlfaced word in sentences 1-3 below:

1. Mom stopped the car so everyone could enjoy the scenic view.

a. colorful b. ugly c. desert d. attractive

2. Taking short showers conserves water.

a. Drinks b. uses c. saves d. heats

3. The flu makes you feel awful, but it is not a terminal illness.

a. Short b. mild c. horrible d. deadly

4. Choose the synonym for the boldfaced word as used in the sentence: “Tracy wanted to announce her engagement to Troy this coming week. “

a. Shout b. reveal c. yell d. dispute

5. Choose the antonym for the boldfaced word as used in the sentence: “The mayor wanted to crowd to disperse.”

a. Praise b. define c. denounce d. congregate

Nos. 6-8: Choose the word that is best defined by each of the underlined phrases below:

6. When Tom won the race, his face was shining brightly.

a. Radiant b. acute c. scant d. celestial

7. It was also a big victory for Tom’s family.

a. Crystal b. triumph c. pedestal d. friction

8. For a moment, his mother was wild with worry that her son would not win the race.

a. Radiant b. frantic c. solitary d. inept

9. In the English language, if homonyms are words that have the same sound, but different meanings, what is the best homonym for the word “through”?

a. Threw b. thorough c. to d. too

10. The company’s geologist studies the earth’s crust to help find oil. In this sentence, a geologist means an/a :

a. Accountant b. banker c. scientist d. teacher

II. CASAS Competency 7.4: Demonstrate study skills:

Nos. 1-3: Using context clues: Choose the best answer that best completes each of the sentences based on the boldfaced word given below:

1. Sam felt like a hypocrite when he:

A. Missed the bus. B. said his name was Mike. C. sang out of tune. D. rescued the stranded kitten.

2. When Elena saw the restaurant’s elegance, she exclaimed:

A. “Can we go somewhere else?” C. “What bad taste the owners have!”

B. “I’d like some dessert please?” D. “What an ugly place!”

3. Kara avoided strenuous activity after

A. The stove broke. B. She hurt her back. C. Her parents returned. D. She learned to swim.

Nos. 4-7: Read the paragraph below and answer the questions that follow:

“Vesuvius is one of the most famous volcanoes in the world. On August 24, A.D. 79, Vesuvius erupted and covered the city of Pompeii with twenty feet of ash. About ten percent of the population was killed. Those who escaped probably set out to sea or chose to take roads leading into the countryside. Much later, part of the lost city of Pompeii was uncovered. From the remains of the city and the many perishable objects there, scientists have learned much about the artistic, social, and commercial life of the city.”

4. The main topic of this paragraph is about:

A. Elimination of a population B. Discovery of scientists. C. Mount Vesuvius D. City Culture

5. In the 5th sentence, “perishable” means:

A. Long-lasting B. accountable C. expensive D. Spoils easily

6. According to the passage, Vesuvius is located in:

A. Pompeii B. Peru C. Panama D. Portugal

7. People who survived from the eruption:

A. Left before the eruption took place.

B. Set out to sea or went to the country side.

C. Had fire-proof clothes and materials.

D. Were rescued by good neighboring villagers.

Nos. 8-9: Read the short passage below and answer the questions that follow:

“ Two thieves entered Mrs. McGowan’s classroom through a screen last week, but they did not have knives. They used their teeth. They did not steal anything expensive, but they did steal a meager amount of bird food. “

8. Based on the passage above, one would infer that the “thieves” most probably were:

a. Insects b. animals c. people d. worms

9. In the third sentence, the word “meager” means:

a. Small b. large c. spoilt d. fresh

10. The passage was meant to be a _______ story.

a. Serious b. dramatic c. humorous d. frightful

CASAS Competency 6.3: Compute Using Fractions: (For students who scored above 237 points in the CASAS Exam)

1. Amy was baking an apple pie to prepare for the coming holidays. Shw had already placed 7/10 cups of cinnamon in the batter, but added 4/5 cups more after tasting the batter. How much cinnamon did Amy place into the baking mixture?

a. 1 & ½ b. 1& 1/3 c. 1 & ¼ d. 1 & 1/5 e. 1 & 1/6

2. A construction worker was mixing 4/11 bags of concrete with ¾ bags of water. He later added 1/3 bags of concrete to the entire mixture. What was the total number of concrete bags added unto the water mixture?

a. 21/33 b. 22/33 c. 23/33 d. 24/33 e.25/33

3. A seamstress had a piece of fabric that easured 16 and 7/8 inches. Later, she used 4 and ¾ of the fabric to decorate one side of a pilow. How much of the fabric does the seamstress have left?

a. 11 & 1/8 b. 12 & 1/8 c. 13 & 1/8 d. 14 & 1/8 e. 15 & 1/8

4. There were 7/8 gallons of water in the water well, 5/8 of which the Smith familyused for agricultural purposes. How much gallons of water remained in the water well?

a. ¼ b. 1/5 c. 1/6 d. 1/7 e. 1/8

5. Eduardo ran 4/5 miles this morning but ran another 3/8 miles in the evening. How many miles did he run for the whole day?

a. 1 & 9/40 b. 1 & 8/40 c. 1 & 7/40 d. 1 & 6/40 e. 1 & 5/40

6. Twenty-four students went to watch a movie. One sixth (1/6) of these students ate popcorn while watching the movie. How many of these students ate popcorn from the total number of students?

a. 8 b. 7 c. 6 d. 5 e. 4

7. How many yards of fabric are needed to make 25 dolls if 1 doll reuqires 4/5 yadrs of fabric?

a. 19 yards b. 20 yards c. 21 yards d. 22 yards e. 23 yards

8. Elizabeth bikes 82 and ½ miles in 6 and ¾ hours. How many miles does she travel in one hour?

a. 15 & 2/9 miles b. 14 & 2/9 miles c. 13 & 2/9 miles d. 12 & 2/9 miles e. 11 & 2/9 miles

9. Chris used 3/5 of a 12 and ½ foot length of electrical wire. How much wire is left?

a. 7 & ½ b. 6 & ½ c. 5 & ½ d. 4 & ½ e. 5 & 1/2

10. Compute: (5 and ¾ + 2 and 1/3) X 4/5 = __________.

CASAS Competency 6.4: Compute with percents, ratio, rate, and proportion. (For students who scored above 237 points in the CASAS exam.)

1. Along a certain highway, Patty can average 100 miles in 1.5 hours. How long will it take her to drive 150 miles at the same rate?

a. 10 hours b. 7.5 hours c. 5 hours d. 3 hours e. 2.25 hours

2. A recipe that serves 4 people uses ¾ cup of mushroom soup. How many cups of mushroom soup will be needed for 6 people?

a. 1 cup b. 1 & 1/8 cups c. 1 & ¼ cups d. 1 & 2/8 cups e. 1 & ½ cups

3. If a certain car uses 7 gallons of gas to travel 147 miles, how many gallons will be needed to travel 1323 miles?

a. 189 b. 147 c. 63 d. 21 e. 9

4. The scouts sold 40 of the 4 dozen cakes baked for the fund-raising event. What percent of the cakes did they sell?

a. 81 & 1/3% b. 82 & 1/3% c. 83 & 1/3% d. 84 & 1/3% e. 85 & 1/3%

5. Thirty percent of 50 students play a musical instrument. How many students play musical instruments?

a. 13 b. 14 c. 15 d. 16 e. 17

6. A team won 18 games and lost 9 games. The number of games won is what percent of the total games played?

a. 66 & 2/3% b. 67 & 2/3% c. 68 & 2/3% d. 69 & 2/3% e. 70 & 2/3%

7. Last year, 11 students tried out for the debating team. This year, 15 students tried out. What was the percent of increase?

a. 36.2% b. 36.3% c. 36.4% d. 36.5% e. 36.6%

8. Sales of radios decreased one month from 150 to 100. What was the percent of decrease?

a. 32.3% b. 33.3% c. 34.3% d. 35.3% e. 36.3%

9. In last year’s graduating class, 75 students went to college. From this year’s class, 80 students will go to college. Find the percent of change.

a. 6.5 % b. 6.6% c. 6.7% d. 6.8% e. 6.9%

10. The ratio 30:100 in fraction form is:

a. 3/100 b. 3/1 c. 3/10 d. 3/50 e. 3/25

CASAS Competency 6.6 : Compute using measurement skills: (For students who scored above 237 pointsin the CASAS exam)

1. Given that 1 gallon = 4 quarts = 8 pints, solve the following equation for this number: 3 gallons & 3 quarts subtracted from 6 gallons & 1 quart will give you:

a. 2 gallons & 4 quarts b. 2 gallons & 3 quarts c. 2 gallons & 2 quarts d. 2 gallons and 1 quart e. Not enough information given.

2. One gallon of paint covers 220 square feet . How many gallons are needed to paint a rectangular floor that is 40 feet by 60 feet?

a. 12 b. 24 c. 40 d. 60 e. 120

3. A rectangular school playground measures 100 meters by 75 meters. There is a square blacktop area in the center of the playground with sides that measure 40 meters. The rest of the playground is seeded with grass. What is the area in square meters of the grassy portion of the playground?

a. 9100 b. 7660 c. 7500 d. 5900 e. 1600

4. One side of the square base of a milk carton measures 4 inches. If the carton can be filled to a height of 8 inches, how may cubic inches can the carton hold?

a. 112 b. 128 c. 132 d. 138 e. 146

5. A baby quilt is 4 squares wide and 6 squares long. A tassel is sewn on each point where 4 squares touch. How many tassels are needed to complete the quilt?

a. 10 b. 15 c. 20 d. 24 e. 35

6. Janice is trying to find her way to a job interview downtown. She starts at a parking garage and walks 4 blocks north, 5 blocks east, 2 blocks south, 2 blocks farther south. How many blocks east of the parking garage does she end up?

a. 1 b. 2 c. 3 d. 4 e. Not enough information given.

7. A new game is played on a rectangular field that is 150 feet by 60 feet. A chalk line is drawn on the filed exactly 2 feet inside the outer rectangle at all points. What is the total length in feet of the chalk line?

a. 112 b. 202 c. 210 d. 292 e. 404

8. If the formula for finding the volume of a rectangular prism is length x width x height (lwh), what is the volume then of a rectuangular container that is 14 inches long, 8 inches wide, and 4 inches high?

a. 448 b. 449 c. 450 d. 451 e. 452

9. Using the formula 1 foot = 12 inches, what is the length of a board if it is 5 and ¾ feet long?

a. 66 inches b. 67 inches c. 68 inches d. 69 inches e. 70 inches

10. If 1 pound = 16 ounces, convert 56 ounces to pounds. Your final answer will be:

a. 3.2 pounds b. 3.3 pounds d. 3.4 pounds e. 3.5 pounds

CASAS Competency 6.9: Using estimation and mental arithmetic: (For students who scored above 237 points if the CASAS Exam)—NO USE OF CALCULATORS!

1. Estimate the sum or difference : 47,300 + 25,620 + 24,100 + 10, 520 = __________

a. 105,500 b. 106, 500 c. 107, 500 d. 108, 500 e. 109, 500

2. Estimate the sum or difference: 13.001 + 5.021 + 4.225 + 8.002 = __________

a. 30.2 b. 30.3 c. 30.4 d. 30.5 e. 30.6

3. Estimate the product: 14,268 x 39 = __________

a. 530,000 b. 540,000 c. 550,000 d. 560,000 e.570,000

4. Estimate the quotient: 36.8 divided by 4.2 = __________

a. 5 b. 6 c. 7 d. 8 e. 9

For Nos. 5 and 6: ESTIMATE. If the answer given is reasonable, write “R”. If it us not, write “U”. Do NOT compute.

5. 4.8 + 3.9 +7.2 + 0.8 = 16 Reasonable or Unreasonable? ___________

6. 426 x 34.5 = 15,000 Reasonable or Unreasonable? ___________

For Nos. 7 and 8, estimate the original number:

7. 36.5% of _____ is 42.

a. 110 b. 111 c. 112 d. 113 e. 114

8. 14% of _____ is 21.

a. 146 b. 147 c. 148 d. 149 e. 150

9. A survey of 12,212 people in four states showed that 3.6% were not able to read. About how many people is that?

a. 478 b. 479 c. 480 d. 481 e. 482

10. Estimate 42% of 38.9. Your final answer will be:

a. 16 b. 17 c. 18 d. 19 e. 20

READING CASAS Competency 7.2 : Demostrate the ability to use thinking skills. (For students who scored above 245 points in the initial CASAS exam.)

Questions 1 through 4 refer to the following poem below:

AFTERNOON ON A HILL

1- I will be glad, under the sun!

2- I will touch a hundred flowers, and not pick one.

3- I will look at cliffs and clouds, with quiet eyes

4- Watch the wind bow down the grass, and the grass rise.

5- And when the lights begin to show, up from the town,

6- I will mark which must be mine, and then start down!

1. Which if the following is a likely reason why the speaker chooses not to pick the flowers?

a. She has many of the same flowers at home.

b. She would be reminded of the hill and feel regret.

c. She needs to return home soon since darkness is approaching.

d. She wants to enjoy the flowers in their natural state.

e. She admires flowers, but from a distance.

2. What do the lines “Watch the wind bow down the grass,and the grass rise” suggest about the speaker?

a. She is frightened by the wind.

b. She is attentive to the rhythms of nature.

c. She prefers the grass to the cliffs and clouds.

d. She feels the grass is lowly dying.

e. She wishes she were indors.

3. Which of the following experiences comes closests to the one the speaker describes having on the hill in lines 4 & 5?

a. Capturing fireflies in a jar.

b. Walking hurridely through a forest.

c. Watching butteflies fly past.

d. Shoveling the sidewalk during a snowfall.

e. Playing on the beach with a friend.

4. Which of the following contrasts is NOT implied in this poem?

a. Rising and descending

b. Stillness and movement

c. Nature and civilization

d. Certainty and doubt

e. Light and dark

Question No. 5 refers to the following notice:

From: The Desk of the Town Manager

To: The Residents of Oakland

Paragraph A

(1) Town residents may now purchase recycling permits at the Town Hall. (2) They may also be purchased at the Recycling Station during normal operating hours. (3) Permits cost $10.00 are are valid for one year. (4) If you wish to obtain a permit, you must apear in person with a valid vehicle registration certificate. (5) Permits will not be issued by mail, nor will they be issued without proof of registration, (6) Upon purchasing your permit, you must attach it to the rear driver’s side window. (7) Permits are bot valid unless they are permanently attached and visible. (8)Please remove permits from prior years.

Paragraph B

(9) Yard waste can now bedisposed of at the Recycling Station or you can continue bringing it to the brish dump on E. Street. (10) This area will be opened on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday to coincide with the recycling division.

5. Which revision would improve the effectiveness of the notice?

a. Begin a new paragraph with sentence 5

b. Begin a new paragrpah with sentence 6

c. Remove sentence 6.

d. Remove setence 8.

e. Move sentence 8 to the beginning of paragraph B.

Question 6 and 7 refer to the following paragraph:

NAIL COLOR

(1) White nails may indicate liver disease. (2) Half white and half pink nails may indicate kidney disease. (3) A heart condition may show up along with a red nail bed. (4) Nails that are thick, yellow, and have bumps may be telling you that your lungs and in trouble. (5) Pale nail beds show anemia. (6) Nails that are yellow with a slight pinkness at the base may indicate diabetes. (7) As for nail polish, it can dry nails out, especially the frequent use of nail polish remover. (8) You don’t need to worry about white spots. (9) They seem to be cause by extrenal damage rather than internal disease.

6. Which sentence would be most effective if inserted at the beginning of the paragraph?

a. Sometimes nails change colors.

b. Some nails are white or pink; others are reddish or yellow.

c. Changes in the natural color of your nails can warn you of disease.

d. Examine your nails every day for disease.

e. Some nail color changes are serious, while others are not.

7. Which revision would improve the effectiveness of the text?

a. Remove sentence 3

b. Move sentence 5 to the end of the the paragraph.

c. Move sentence 6 to the end of the paragraph.

d. Remove sentence 7.

e. Move sentence 7 to the end of the paragraph.

Questions 8 through 10 refer to the following excerpt:

WHAT ARE THIS WOMAN’S GOALS?

The young woman looked out of the window as the bus sped by the barren, hot, dry Texas landscape. She squinted, clearing her vision against the blazing white sunlight. Occasionally, she could discern small adobe houses clumped together like mushrooms, or a gas station and diner standing alone and remote in the flat terrain. People were not visible. They were hiding, she reasoned, seeking relief indoors in the shade. How different from her native Puerto Rico, where luscious plants, trees, and flowers were abundant. Green was the living color of that island, soothing and cool. People were seen everywhere, living, working, enjoying the ourdoors. All of her life had been spent on her beloved land. For more than a decade, she had been in service of the church. Now, this was a new beginning. After all, it had been her choice, her sole decision to leave. At the convenet school where she had been safe and loved, they had reluctantly bid her farewell with an open invitation to return. Leaving there had been an essential part of working it all out, she thought, one had to start somewhere. Still as she now looked out at all the barrenness before her, she felt a stranger in a foreign land and completely alone.

8. What does the excerpt suggest is the main reason the young woman feels like a stranger?

a. She dislikes Texas.

b. She wishes she had not come to the continnent.

c. Texas is very different from her homeland.

d. She has no friends yet.

e. None of the above.

9. Why does the woman believe she sees so few people as she watches the Texas landscape?

a. Virtually no one lives in this desolate area.

b. The clothes of the people blend into the landscape.

c. The sunlight is so bright that it blinds her.

d. The people are hiding from the strangers on the busy.

e. The people are indoors out of the heat.

10. Why did the woman leave Puerto Rico?

a. To avoid responsibility.

b. To be on her own.

c. To travel throughout the continent.

d. To help her friend.

e. To escape unpleasant memories.

CASAS Competency 7.4: Demonstrate study skills (For students who scored above 245 points in the CASAS exam)

Questions 1 through 7 refer to the following excerpt:

WHAT KIND OF RELATIONSHIP DO EUDORA WELTY’S PARENTS HAVE?

When I was young enough to still spend a long time buttoning my shoes in the morning, I’d listen toward the hall: Daddy upstairs was shaving in the bathroom and Mother downstairs was frying the bacon. They would begin whistling back and forth to each other up and down the stairwell. My father would whistle his phrase, my mother would try to whistle, then hum hers back. It was their duet. I drew my buttonhook in and out and listened to it—I knew it was “The Merry Widow” (a famous operetta). The difference was, their song almost floated with laughter: how different form the record, which growled from the beginning, as if the Victrola were only slowly being wound up. They kept it running between them, up and down the stairs where I was now just about ready to run clattering down and show them my shoes.

In time, a barometer was added to our dining room wall; but we didn’t really need it. My father had the country boy’s accurate knowledge of the weather and its skies. He went out and stood on our front steps first thing in the morning and took a look at it and a sniff. He was a pretty good weather prophet. “Well, I’m not,” my mother would say with an enormous self-satisfaction.

He told us children what to do if we were lost in a strange country. Look for where the sky is brightest along the horizon, he said. That reflects the nearest river. Strike out for a river and you will find habitation. Eventualities were much on his mind. In his care for us children he cautioned us to take measures against such things as being struck by lightning. He drew us all away from the windows during the severe electrical storms that are common where we live. My mother stood apart, scoffing at caution as a character failing. “Why, I always loved a storm! High winds never bothered me in West Virginia! Just listen at that! I wasn’t a bit afraid of a little lightning and thunder! I’d go out on the mountain and spread my arms wide and run in a good big storm!”

So I developed a strong meteorological sensibility. In years ahead when I wrote stories, atmosphere took its influential role from the start. Commotion in the weather and the inner feelings aroused by such a hovering distubance emerged connected in a dramatic form. (I tried a tornado first, in a story called “The Winds”.)

1. What is the major purpose of the first paragraph in this excerpt?

a. To show that the parents liked opera.

b. To describe the basic harmony within the family.

c. To indicate that the family was not wealthy.

d. To show the parents’ pride in their child.

e. To emphasize how old-fashioned the family was.

2. Why does the father stand on the front steps and sniff the air?

a. To wake up.

b. To smell breakfast.

c. To predict the weather .

d. To enjoy the flowers

e. To overcome his caution.

3. What usually occurs when the family members discuss their response to the weather?

a. The parents disagree.

b. The father begins whistling.

c. The mother reads the barometer.

d. The daughter gets bored.

e. The mother goes out for a walk.

4. To which of the following people is the mother most similar? Someone who…

a. Always carries an umbrella regardless of the weather.

b. Takes long nightime walks on unlighted country roads.

c. Stockpiles food as soon as snow is predicted.

d. Refrains from using candles on the dinner table for fear of fire.

e. Does not pet dogs for fear of being bitten.

5. On the basis of this exceprt, which of the following statements would you most expect the author to make about marriage?

a. Do not argue with your spouse.

b. Honesty is not always the best policy in marriage.

c. There’s no such thing as a happy marriage.

d. Do not contradict your spouse in front of the children.

e. Disagreement can often be healthy in a marriage.

6. What does the mother’s use of exclamations in her speech about storms indicate?

a. How angry she is at the father.

b. How much she knows about storms in West Virginia.

c. How much she distrusts strong winds and lightning.

d. How strong she rejects the father’s caution.

e. How much she values the dining rom barometer.

7. What does the author claim her experiences have led her to?

a. Study meterology.

b. Associate weather with the mood of her characters.

c. Make the wind a central event in all her stories.

d. Write about her family and childhood.

e. Become oversensitive to the weather.

Questions 8 through 10 refer to the following poem:

WHAT HAS THIS SPEAKER REALIZED? by Abel Melveny

I bought every kind of machine that’s known—

Grinders, shellers, planters, mowers,

Mills and rakes and ploughs and threshers—

And all of them stood in the rain and sun,

Getting rusted, warped and battered,

For I had no sheds to store them in, and no use for most of them.

And toward the last, when I though it over,

There by my window, growing clearer

About myself, as my pulse slowed down,

And looked at one of the mills I bought—which I didn’t have the slightest need of,

As things turned out, and I never ran—

A fine machine, once brightly varnished,

And eager to do its work, Now with its paint washed off—

I saw myself as a good machine

That Life had never used.

8. Which of these sentences BEST describes the similarities between the speaker and the machines?

a. Both must work hard before they break.

b. Both need constant attention to stay in good shape.

c. Both were meant to work hard but did not.

d. Both grow old gracefilly.

e. Both are easily replaced.

9. Which of the following is the machinery in this poem most like?

a. An outdoor sculpture garden.

b. A toaster that was never taken out of its box.

c. Useless junk piled in a landfill.

d. Objects with great sentimetnal value.

e. A used car that needs a little work.

10. Which of the following BEST suggests the central theme of this poem?

The speaker…

a. Will live life to the fullest from now on.

b. Believes it is too late to live a full life.

c. Will take care of his material possessions from now on

d. Will engage in courageous acts from now on.

e. Has moved from a life of wealth to one of poverty.

CASAS Competency 4.5 : Effectively utilize common workplace technology and systems: (For students whos scored below 245 points in the CASAS exam)

1. In computer literacy, a “mouse” refers to:

a. A tool that is a part of the keyboard.

b. A tool that one manipulates by clicking and scrolling up & down.

c. A tool that is used for turning on the computer.

d. A tool that can only be seen on the computer screen.

e. None of the above.

2. In using the internet, “www” means:

a. World Wide Wrestling

b. World Wide Wrapping

c. World Wide Web

d. Worled Wide Wording

e. None of the above.

3. When one wants to emphasize a word in a document by making the word appear darker, one should click on:

a. The “B” found on the format bar.

b. The “U” found on the format bar.

c. The “I” found on the format bar.

d. The “A” found on the format bar.

e. None of the above.

4. When one wants to capitalize a letter in a document being typed or keyed in, one must press the:

a. “Backspace” on the keyboard.

b. “Shift” on the keyboard.

c. “Tab” on the keyboard.

d. “Caps Lock” on the keyboard.

e. “Enter” on the keyboard.

5. To save a file on a computer, you must click first on “File” on the menu bar, and then look for ______ and click on that:

a. Print

b. Save As

c. Delete

d. Edit

e. None of the above.

6. In the site name, http://www.army.mil, the “mil” at the end of the site name stands for:

a. Military

b. Milliliter

c. Milligrams

d. Millipede

e. None of the above.

7. In typing a document, when one wants to go to the next line on the page, one must press on the _____ found on the keyboard of the computer:

a. “Backspace”

b. “Esc”.

c. “Shift”

d. “Enter”

e. None of the above.

8. In most assessments, one has to just “bubble in” their answers on an answer sheet filled with empty white holes enumerated in letters. The term “bubble in” means to:

a. Shade in the answers with a pencil.

b. Circle the answers outside the holes.

c. Underline the empty white holes.

d. Draw a line across the empty white holes.

e. None of the above.

9. Before any exam given, there is a usually a “practice” test. This only means that a student can:

a. Take the test immediately since this is still part of the real test which wil be scored.

b. Just read the practice test since it will only give you an idea of what the test is about.

c. Ignore the practice test altogether.

d. Do the practice exercises since this helps in getting familiar with the real test that usually follows.

e. None of the above.

10. In computer linggo, a “notebook” refers to a:

a. Writing paper

b. Laptop computer

c. Memo pad

d. Stationery

e. None of the above.

CASAS Competency 4.5: Effectively utilize common workplace technology and systems (For students who scored above 245 points in the CASAS exam)

Questions 1 through 6 refer to the items below:

Choice Words:

Monitor Central Processing Unit Programs Mouse Printer Desktop Keyboard

Direction: Identify the correct part of a computer using the right terminology or words above that are used in computer technology:

________________1. A part of the computer that has the numbers, letters, and function keys. They tell the computer what to do.

________________2. A part of the computer that shows the programs and your work.

________________3. The piece of the computer system that lets you move around on the screen. You use your hand to “point” with the arrow on the screen and “click” the button on the left-hand side to give commands to the computer.

________________4. It is the box that controls the computer.

________________5. A set of directions telling the computer what to do. Microsoft Word is an example of a program.

6. Which program does one open when one wants to create a “presentation” with different designs for the slides?

a. Microsoft Word b. Microsoft Excel c. Microsoft Power Point d. Microsoft Access e. Microsoft Publisher

7. When one sees the presence of a drop-down arrow in certain sections of a program, that means:

a. The program is about to close.

b. There are alterntive options to choose from.

c. There are no alternative options to choose from.

d. That means one has to shut off the computer unit.

e. None of the above.

8. USB ports or “flash drives” have already taken the place of:

a. The CPU (Central Processing Unit) of computers.

b. Laptops

c. Desktops

d. 3 and ½ floppy discs

e. None of the above.

9. When one wants to open the “Paint” program, one needs to click on:

a. Start—Programs—Microsoft Office.

b. Start—Programs—Microsoft Tools.

c. Start—Programs—Accessories

d. Start—Programs—Databases.

e. None of the above.

10. The bar on a program where you find the words File, Edit, View, Insert, and so on…

a. Menu Bar

b. Format Bar

c. Standard Toolbar

d. Status bar

e.None of the above

CASAS Competency 2.6 : Use leisure time resources and facilities. (For students who scored below 245 points in the CASAS exam)

1. A building devoted to the conservation of rare, scientific and historical objects is a:

a. Office

b. Park

c. Reservoir

d. Museum

e. None of the above.

2. An open area of land set aside for public use maintained for recreational and ornamental reasons is a:

a. Zoo

b. park

c. Cathedral

d. museum

e. None of the above.

3. One of the most popular and spiritual places to visit is the grotto at Lourdes, France. A “grotto” is a:

a. Small museum

b. Small cave or cavern

c. Small park area

d. Small lake

e. None of the above.

4. Most big cathedrals have small chapels in them where small gatherings of spiritual worship can take place. A chapel is a:

a. Place of worship bigger than a church.

b. Place of worship as big as a church.

c. Place of worship smaller than a church.

d. Place of worship comparable to that of a cathedral.

e. None of the above.

Questions 5 through 10 refer to the following excerpt:

“Please consult with your scheduled airline as luggage fees and restrictions vary by carrier and destination. One carry-on is allowed per person, but should not exceed 11 lbs. or 5.2 kgs. We cannot assume liability or accept claims for any loss or damage to luggage and personal effects due to theft, breakage or normal wear and tear.”

5. “Luggage” means:

a. Flight

b. Meals

c. Bags

d. Airline tickets

e. None of the above.

6. “Carrier” in this sentence means:

a. Hotel destination

b. Airline choice

c. Flight reservation

d. Baggage handling

e. None of the above.

7. “Carry-on” in this sentence means:

a. Extra ticket

b. Extra meal

c. Extra person

d. Extra bag

e. None of the above.

8. “Lbs.” in this sentence is the abbreviation for:

a. Pounds

b. Kilograms

c. Milligrams

d. Ounces

e. Pints

9. “Liabilities” in this sentence means:

a. Responsibility

b. Tenacity

c. Sincerity

d. Abnormality

e. None of the above.

10. If one purchases a “land only” vacation, this means that:

a. Air flights are included in the tour.

b. Hotel accomodations + air inclusions are included in the tour.

c. Only sights on land are included in the tour.

d. Sea fares are included along with the land tours in the whole package.

e. None of the above.

CASAS Competency 2.6: Use lesiure time resources and facilities. (For students who scored above 245 points in the CASAS exam)

Questions 1 through 5 refer to the following leisure travel tip excerpt:

“The following are included in a tour package: transportation via motorcoach, accomodations, hotel luggage handling, meals, sight seeing, admission charges ( as outlined in the itinerary), and applicable gratuities for bellmen, doormen, and dining room wait staff. Customary gratuities for hotel house keeping staff, local sight seeing guides, drivers, and tour managers have not been included.”

1. From the excerpt given above, “motorcoach” means:

a. A formal horse-drawn carriage

b. Train

c. Bus

d. Limousine

e. None of the above.

2. “Itinerary” means:

a. Guide to meals

b. Propose route

c. Proposed travel vehicles

d. Guidebook for shopping

e. None of the above

3. Which of the following have not been included in the applicable gratuities?

a. Bellmen

b. Doormen

c. Waitresses

d. Tour managers

e. All of the above.

4. “Gratuities” means:

a. Service

b. Durability

c. Gift

d. Request

e. All of the above.

5. A “tour package” usually means:

a. Tour programs developed by tour operators.

b. Tour meal packages developed by trained chefs.

c. Tour routes developed by train or railway experts.

d. Tour guides developed by qualified agencies.

6. Which one below is not a member of a hotel housekeeping staff?

a. Concierge

b. Connosieur

c. Security

d. Maitre’d

e. None of the above.

7. In Europe now, the currency is the:

a. Dinar

b. Pound

c. Baht

d. Euro

e. None of the above.

8. While on vacation, there are “optional tours”. This means:

a. One has to take part in the tour being offered.

b. One has to pay in advanced for the tour being offered.

c. One can choose whether to take part in the tour being offered.

d. One can become a tour guide in the tour being offered.

e. None of the above.

9. In travelling, tour packages usually offer free “continental” breakfasts. A continental breakfast usually consists of a few of the following viands:

a. Breads, butter, oatmeal, ham, biscuits, and juice

b. White fish, french fries, grilled potatoes, and white wine

c. Veal, rice, vegetables, eggs, and red wine

d. Roast beef, string beans, baked potatoes, and red wine

e. None of the above.

10. The fascinating city of Barcelona is located in:

a. Cuba

b. Mexico

c. Brazil

d. Spain

e. Argentina