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Using the State Curriculum: Mathematics, Grade 8




State Curriculum Toolkit

Tools aligned to State Curriculum indicators and/or objectives.

  • Clarification of Indicator and/or Objective
    Explanation and/or examples of indicator and/or objective
  • Lesson Seeds
    Ideas/seeds for an objective-aligned activity
  • Sample Assessments
    Items and annotated student responses as appropriate
  • Public Release Items
    Actual MSA items and annotated student responses as appropriate

Standard 3.0 Knowledge of Measurement

Students will identify attributes, units, or systems of measurements or apply a variety of techniques, formulas, tools or technology for determining measurements.


C. Applications in Measurement


  • 1. Estimate and apply measurement formulas
  1. Estimate and determine the circumference or area of a circle
    Assessment limit: Include circles using rational numbers with no more than 2 decimal places (0 – 10,000)
  2. Estimate and determine area of a composite figure
    Assessment limit: Include composite figures with no more than 6 polygons (triangles, rectangles, or circles) by measuring, partitioning, or using formulas with whole number dimensions (0 - 10,000)
  3. Estimate and determine the volume of a cylinder
    Assessment limit: Use cylinders, given the formula, and whole number dimensions (0-10,000)
  4. Determine the volume of cones, pyramids, and spheres
  5. Determine the surface area of cylinders, prisms, and pyramids


  • 2. Analyze measurement relationships
  1. Use proportional reasoning to solve measurement problems
    Assessment limit: Use proportions, scale drawings with scales as whole numbers, or rates using whole numbers or decimals (0 – 1000)

Note: Highlighted assessment limits will be tested in the no calculator section of MSA. In the assessment limit, (0-10) or (-10 to 10) means all numbers in the problem or the answer will fall within the range of 0 to 10 (including endpoints) or -10 to 10 (including endpoints), respectively. All content standards are tested in MSA but not all objectives. Objectives that have an assessment limit are tested on MSA. Objectives without an assessment limit are not tested on MSA.

June 2004