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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).
Transformations of Absolute Value Functions
Given an absolute value function, the student will analyze the effect on the graph when f(x) is replaced by af(x), f(bx), f(x – c), and f(x) + d for specific positive and negative real values.
Forms of Energy
Given diagrams, illustrations, or descriptions, students will identify the types of energy.
Law of Conservation of Energy: Heat Transfer
Given illustrations, scenarios, descriptions, and/or diagrams, students will demonstrate understanding of heat transfer.
Given descriptions, diagrams, scenarios, or chemical symbols, students will calculate the energy changes and identify exothermic and endothermic reactions.
Given scenarios, illustrations, or descriptions, students will identify the process of calorimetry and calculate the heat of a chemical process.
Given scenarios, descriptions, or illustrations, the student will determine the properties of water that affect chemical and biological systems.
Types of Motion
Students will distinguish between and/or interpret the types of motion.
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.
Predicting, Finding, and Justifying Data from an Equation
Given data in the form of an equation, the student will use the equation to interpret solutions to problems.