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Discussion

In Statistics for Everyday Life, students were able to correctly answer between 60 and 70% of test questions associated with a learning outcome.  Students were weakest in applying reasoning skills to everyday problems.  Improvements in test questions led to improved performance in learning outcomes associated with general problem solving.  Faculty observed that students exhibited difficulty with simple numeracy skills in some problems.

In College Algebra, roughly 25 to 55% of the students were rated acceptable for each learning outcome.  Students were weakest in their ability to solve real world problems.   Only 23% of students who met the prerequisite to continue in mathematics (course grade of C- or above) also received a total ratings score of 12 out of a maximum of 20 for the five learning outcomes.  These findings led to increased rigor in course grading and an improved system for homework.  

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