Submission Date

7-19-2019

Document Type

Paper- Restricted to Campus Access

Department

Mathematics

Faculty Mentor

Lisa Grossbauer

Comments

Presented during the 21st Annual Summer Fellows Symposium, July 19, 2019 at Ursinus College.

Project Description

Previous Summer Fellows research determined that Ursinus College is following a trend that is affecting all of America: more and more students are entering college under-prepared in Mathematics. As of 2015, the National Assessment of Educational Progress reported that only 25% of 12th graders were meeting proficiency levels. To help address this problem here at Ursinus we have developed an easily readable report, catered to individual classes, which gives the professor a profile of their students’ math aptitude. The data used for these reports were gathered from the math placement exam all incoming students are required to take. This data set provides a single snapshot in time of a student’s math ability that will improve with further math coursework or deteriorate due to lapses in coursework. We developed a re-examination, available on the previously existing UC Math Remediation website, that will allow us to detect any changes in math performance over time. We hope that, given these resources, teachers will modify their teaching to prioritize areas where students are showing weaknesses.

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