# Num-Sym Assessment Results 2008-2009

Report submitted by Chris Leary, Chair of Numeric-Symbolic Reasoning for spring 2009.

### Method

The R/ Assessment was handled this year as follows: From a Banner report, it was determined that 946 students were registered in one of 26 different R/ courses in Spring Semester, 2009. A random sample of 20% of these students (190 students total) was chosen, and requests were made to the instructors of these students send a copy of the student's final examination or similar assignment for the Assessment Team to examine. One instructor (2 sections) did not return the examinations in time for us to review, and another instructor's examinations were deemed by the Assessment Team to be inappropriate to review.

Of the sections that were reviewed by the committee, papers were requested for 169 students. Due to students dropping the course or not taking the final examination, 42 of the students did not have papers forwarded to the committee, so we assessed the work of 127 students using the Geneseo Numeric and Symbolic Reasoning Rubric. Then 20% of these papers (25 papers) were independently reassessed using the same Rubric. It is probably of note that these data would seem to indicate that a high percentage of the students who sign up for Symbolic and Numeric Reasoning courses do not finish the course.

### Results

In each of five categories (Interpret & Draw Inferences, Represent, Solve Problems, Estimate and Check, and Recognize Limits) the assessed papers were assigned a score (4 — Exceed, 3 — Meet, 2 — Approach, 1 — Not Meet). Summary statistics for each category are as follows:

Interpret

Represent

Solve Problems

Estimate and Check

Recognize Limits

4 — Exceed

35.43%

24.40%

27.55%

10.23%

7.08%

3 — Meet

36.22%

37.79%

36.22%

67.71%

77.16%

2 — Approach

22.04%

33.07%

30.7%

18.89%

13.38%

1 — Not Meet

6.29%

4.72%

5.51%

3.15%

2.36%

In the 25 papers that were reassessed, the summary statistics were as follows:

Interpret

Represent

Solve Problems

Estimate and Check

Recognize Limits

4 — Exceed

40%

36%

8%

20%

4%

3 — Meet

32%

36%

64%

56%

80%

2 — Approach

24%

24%

20%

20%

12%

1 — Not Meet

4%

4%

8%

4%

4%

### Reflection

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