Strand 3—Geometry & Measurement (Online MCA, 10–13 items)
(Paper MCA, 10–13 items) Standard 3.3.1: Use geometric attributes to describe and create shapes in various contexts. (Online MCA, 3–4 items)
(Paper MCA, 3–4 items) Benchmarks
3.3.1.1
Identify parallel and perpendicular lines in various contexts, and use them to describe
and create geometric shapes, such as right triangles, rectangles, parallelograms and
trapezoids.
Item Specifications
• When identifying shapes by the attribute of parallel or perpendicular lines, shapes are
limited to triangle, parallelogram, rectangle, rhombus, square and trapezoid
• Allowable notation: right angle symbol (square in corner)
• Items will not require students to identify right triangles by name
• Vocabulary allowed in items: parallel, perpendicular, right, figure
3.3.1.2
Sketch polygons with a given number of sides or vertices (corners), such as pentagons,
hexagons and octagons.
Item Specifications
• Allowable shapes: triangle, parallelogram, rectangle, rhombus, square, trapezoid,
pentagon, hexagon, octagon
• Vocabulary allowed in items: sides, angles, vertices, figure
Standard 3.3.2: Understand perimeter as a measurable attribute of real-world and
mathematical objects. Use various tools to measure distances. (Online MCA, 3–4 items)
(Paper MCA, 3–4 items) Benchmarks
3.3.2.1
Use half units when measuring distances.
Item Specifications
• Not assessed on the MCA-III 3.3.2.2
Find the perimeter of a polygon by adding the lengths of the sides.
Item Specifications
• Polygons may have 6 sides, at most
• Items may require finding the length of an unknown side given the lengths of the other
sides and the perimeter
• Units are limited to inches, feet, yards, centimeters and meters
• Vocabulary allowed in items: perimeter, length, width, side, figure
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3.3.2.3
Measure distances around objects.
Item Specifications
• Items may require identification of appropriate tools or procedures for measuring
distance
• Vocabulary allowed in items: tool, ruler, yardstick, meter stick, tape measure
Standard 3.3.3: Use time, money and temperature to solve real-world and mathematical
problems. (Online MCA, 4–6 items)
(Paper MCA, 4–5 items 3.3.3.1
Tell time to the minute using digital and analog clocks. Determine elapsed time to the
minute.
Item Specifications
• Elapsed time must be within a two-hour span
• Vocabulary allowed in items: a.m., p.m. 3.3.3.2
Know relationships among units of time.
Item Specifications
• Allowable conversions: minutes to hours, hours to minutes, hours to days, days to
hours, days to weeks, weeks to days, months to years, years to months
• Items may require finding a conversion with mixed units in the answer
(e.g., 12 days = 1 week and 5 days)
• Vocabulary allowed in items: unit 3.3.3.3
Make change up to 1 dollar in several different ways, including with as few coins as
possible.
Item Specifications
• Allowable coins: penny, nickel, dime, quarter
• Allowable notation: $5, $0.75, 75¢
• When calculating change, the amount tendered is $10, at most
• Vocabulary allowed in items: greatest, least, fewest, most, value 3.3.3.4
Use an analog thermometer to determine temperature to the nearest degree in
Fahrenheit and Celsius.
Item Specifications
• Allowable notation: 15ºF, 37ºC
• Temperatures must be given in whole numbers
• Vocabulary allowed in items: thermometer, temperature, degrees, increase, decrease |

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