Literacy and Basic Skills Math Levels

This table gives you a brief overview of what kinds of skills to expect at each level. The original document contains much more detail, believe me.

Level Number Sense & Computation Measurement & Geometry
1 Reads and writes whole numbers. Adds and subtracts single-digit numbers. Understands the concept of “half”. Compares size of familiar objects. Estimates amounts needed for daily activities. Keeps track of time and date.
2 Adds and subtracts multi-digit numbers. Starts to use concepts of multiplication and division. Recognizes commonly used fractions. Measures using common metric or imperial units. Uses simple, clear maps. Reads time and temperature.
3 Adds, subtracts, multiplies and divides multi-digit numbers and decimals. Starts to use the concept of fractions in problem solving. Understands the metric prefix system. Draws geometric shapes from given dimensions (e.g. craft patterns). Finds points on a grid or map using coordinates.
4 Performs calculations that integrate decimals, fractions and percents Understands concepts of integers, ratios, and exponents. Uses formulas containing x as an unknown. Uses precise measurement at home or work. Converts precisely between metric and imperial. Calculates area and volume of rectangular shapes.
5 Performs a variety of calculations that integrate several of the above concepts. Creates and solves algebraic equations Calculates area and volume of circular and triangular shapes. Uses Pythagorean theorem. Makes scale drawings.

Recently, the Ontario Government has changed how it defines literacy levels. They have transformed the 5 level LBS system to a 3 level OALCF system (Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework). Both will be discussed in class.

Session 5 Index