Performance Task

Performance Tasks
from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Grade HS Mathematics Sample PT Form Claim 4

Home Office

You want to finish your basement and use it as a home office. You plan to hire a contractor to do the work. The amount charged by the contractor is based on the area of the room to be finished. The amount, however, does not include the cost of flooring. In this task, you will use a blueprint of the basement. You need to decide what area of the basement will be finished by the contractor. You also need to decide on the type of flooring that will go in the basement and price it so that you stay within your budget. Once you know the area of the home office, you will use that information to help determine how it will affect your taxes for the next year. To accomplish this, you will do the following: 

  1. Find the maximum area of the basement that can be finished based on the rate charged by the contractor. 
  2. Decide on the type of flooring you will use given a “Flooring Options” table and calculate the cost of the flooring. 
  3. Calculate the area used for the actual home business, excluding the area of a bathroom. 
  4. Calculate expected tax deductions for converting part of the basement as a home office using the following: 
    • the area of the home office 
    • the area of the entire house 
    • the past year’s utility expenses 

A Smarter Balanced Assessment for this module is suggested to be:
  • Two sessions totaling no more than 120 minutes.
  • Part A and Part B should be completed in Session 1.
  • Parts C and D should be completed in Session 2.
  • All sections should be performed individually


 Part A: Determine the Area of the Finished Basement 

 Part B: Flooring


Part C: Including a Bathroom

 Part D: Home Office Expenses and Tax Deductions