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ERIC Number: EJ791851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6099
Assessing Students' Proficiency in Math and Science
Judd, Thomas P.; Keith, Bruce
Assessment Update, v19 n3 p12-13 May-Jun 2007
The U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point is responsible for developing in its graduates literacy in the sciences that renders them capable of solving complex real-world problems. Throughout their careers as officers in the military, graduates will be called upon to view the physical world in a disciplined and objective manner, with an ability to infer causal relationships through careful observation and to recognize scientific challenges and opportunities when confronting complex problems. The study of mathematics and science cultivates modes of thought that can provide a foundation for intellectual development across all disciplines. Scientifically literate Army officers need to possess an understanding of the fundamental principles of the basic sciences, to view the physical world in a disciplined and objective manner through careful observation of causal relationships interpreted within a framework of physical laws, and to have the intellectual foundation to recognize scientific challenges and opportunities when confronting complex problems. The Math and Science Goal Team, composed of faculty from several disciplines, has developed standards for each of the desired math and science outcomes and identified embedded indicators in the eleven math and science courses of the core curriculum that map to the outcomes. The goal team first examined cadets' ability to discern the scientific features or aspects of complex problems. The team developed an assessment rubric aligned with the goal standard and then determined that a laboratory report in a required second-level physics course was an ideal embedded indicator with which to measure cadet performance. The data reported by the goal team indicate that by the midpoint of their academic careers, the majority of cadets have met the standards of the math and science goal. Company commanders, battalion commanders, and recent graduates all provide positive assessments of math and science goal achievement. These four sources of data together indicate that the USMA continues to provide the Army with officers who have the necessary math and science skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A