P1006: Perspectives on assessing math readiness in general chemistry at three institutions

Author: Christina M. Kraemer-Chant and David S. Heroux, Saint Michael's College, USA

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Date: 8/7/14

Time: 10:15 AM10:35 AM

Room: LTT 101

Related Symposium: S72

This talk presents the analysis of the results of a short math assessment taken by students on the first day of the general chemistry course. The assessment has been given at three institutions with differing student populations; variables include age, major and location. The math assessment is a 10-minute test and contains arithmetic and algebra diagnostics. The assessment results are compared to overall success in the course as measured by final grade. Results for all institutions show a strong correlation between the results on the assessment and success in the course regardless of student cohort. The goal of the assessment is to provide awareness of mathematical deficiencies to students in the hopes of increasing chance of student success. The presenters will conclude with an open discussion of the usefulness of using math assessments such as this, and strategies for helping students who score poorly on them.