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ERIC Number: ED556485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
Community College Pathways: A Descriptive Report of Summative Assessments and Student Learning
Strother, Scott; Sowers, Nicole
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Carnegie's Community College Pathways (CCP) offers two pathways, Statway® and Quantway®, that reduce the amount of time required to complete developmental mathematics and earn college-level mathematics credit. The Pathways aim to improve student success in mathematics while maintaining rigorous content, pedagogy, and learning outcomes. It is essential that the Pathways' success in securing college credit for participants does not come at the expense of the rigor of the curriculum or level of student learning. This report describes the comparative analyses from the Pathways summative assessment system. All items on the summative assessments were rigorously validated by field testing with over 500 members of a comparison sample who had taken a college mathematics or statistics course. Subsequently, all Pathways students took the summative assessments at the end of each term. This report describes analyses that use the development sample for comparison to Pathways students to assess their relative levels of knowledge. This report then describes the relationship between students' summative assessments and their end-of-term grades. This analysis is to provide further evidence that Pathways students are not just receiving high grades and successfully completing the Pathways at a higher rate, but that their grades are reflective of actual learning, as corroborated by the independent measure. Also included in the report are appendices: (1) Sample Summative Assessment Items: Statway; (2) Statway and Quantway Modules; and (3) Tables.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Kresge Foundation; Lumina Foundation
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching