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2 Texas Middle School Fluency Assessment: Administering and Interpreting Results
This binder details how to score and interpret the results of the Texas Middle School Fluency Assessment (TMSFA). This course is Unit 4 of the Texas Adolescent Literacy Academy (TALA). These materials are available for view only; no credit or certificate is provided.
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Covalent Bonding: Electron Dot Diagrams
Given descriptions, diagrams, scenarios, or chemical symbols, students will model covalent bonds using electron dot formula (Lewis structures).
Types of Science Investigations
Students will distinguish between descriptive, comparative, and experimental investigations.
Given investigation scenarios and lab procedures, students will identify independent variables, dependent variables, constants, and control groups.
Given scatterplots that represent problem situations, the student will determine if the data has strong vs weak correlation as well as positive, negative, or no correlation.
Making Predictions and Critical Judgments (Table/Verbal)
Given verbal descriptions and tables that represent problem situations, the student will make predictions for real-world problems.
Collecting Data and Making Predictions
Given an experimental situation, the student will write linear functions that provide a reasonable fit to data to estimate the solutions and make predictions.
Writing Expressions to Model Patterns (Table/Pictorial → Symbolic)
Given a pictorial or tabular representation of a pattern and the value of several of their terms, the student will write a formula for the nth term of a sequences.
Analyzing the Effects of the Changes in m and b on the Graph of y = mx + b
Given algebraic, graphical, or verbal representations of linear functions, the student will determine the effects on the graph of the parent function f(x) = x.
Writing Equations of Lines
Given two points, the slope and a point, or the slope and the y-intercept, the student will write linear equations in two variables.
Determining the Domain and Range for Linear Functions
Given a real-world situation that can be modeled by a linear function or a graph of a linear function, the student will determine and represent the reasonable domain and range of the linear function using inequalities.
Investigating Methods for Solving Linear Equations and Inequalities
Given linear equations and inequalities, the student will investigate methods for solving the equations or inequalities.
Quadratics: Connecting Roots, Zeros, and x-Intercepts
Given a quadratic equation, the student will make connections among the solutions (roots) of the quadratic equation, the zeros of their related functions, and the horizontal intercepts (x-intercepts) of the graph of the function.
Applying the Laws of Exponents: Verbal/Symbolic
Given verbal and symbolic descriptions of problems involving exponents, the student will simplify the expressions using the laws of exponents.
Using the Laws of Exponents to Solve Problems
Given problem situations involving exponents, the student will use the laws of exponents to solve the problems.
Formulating Systems of Equations (Verbal → Symbolic)
Given verbal descriptions of situations involving systems of linear equations the student will analyze the situations and formulate systems of equations in two unknowns to solve problems.
Solving Quadratic Equations Using Graphs
Given a quadratic equation, the student will use graphical methods to solve the equation.
Determining the Meaning of Intercepts
Given algebraic, tabular, and graphical representations of linear functions, the student will determine the intercepts of the function and interpret the meaning of intercepts within the context of the situation.