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Dunnigan, Gerri – PRIMUS, 2020
I describe an assignment by school administrators to develop a journal ranking system for the department of mathematics to be incorporated into our departmental assessment plan for all tenured and tenure track faculty.
Descriptors: Periodicals, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Evaluation
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Duncan, B. L. – PRIMUS, 2020
We present an outline for a year-long training session for potential departmental leaders. This outline is based on training led by the author over one academic year. The training consists of nine sessions with an emphasis on active learning among the participants.
Descriptors: Management Development, Department Heads, Active Learning, Leadership Training
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Prasad, Priya V. – PRIMUS, 2020
Mathematics teachers need to teach students more than just a laundry list of mathematical skills. Many of us also want to train our students to use mathematical habits of mind. However, traditional grading schemes usually do not allow us to reward intellectual courage and modesty. In this paper, I report on my implementation of specifications…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Grading, Mathematics Skills, Thinking Skills
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Kelly, Jessica Stewart – PRIMUS, 2020
When contemplating the introduction of mastery grading into the classroom, a fear of student resistance can prevent the implementation entirely. However, by taking a proactive stance against student resistance, instructors can give mastery grading the best chance of being successful. This paper focuses on the ways in which the instructor can…
Descriptors: Grading, Resistance (Psychology), Student Motivation, Motivation Techniques
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Cooper, Andrew A. – PRIMUS, 2020
Mastery grading is an approach to grading in which students are assigned term grades based on whether they meet certain enumerated objectives, rather than accumulating points. In this note, I describe my experiences using a mastery system, which I call techniques grading, which applies the insights behind the standards-based and specifications…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Grading, Mastery Learning, Evaluation Methods
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Cilli-Turner, Emily; Dunmyre, Justin; Mahoney, Thomas; Wiley, Chad – PRIMUS, 2020
While you may be ready to make the change to implementing Mastery Grading, you may still wonder exactly how to do this. This paper seeks to compile recommendations on implementing mastery grading from various sources as well as examples from our own experiences. The reader should expect a detailed overview of the components involved in mastery…
Descriptors: Grading, Mastery Learning, Evaluation Methods, Program Implementation
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Elsinger, Jason; Lewis, Drew – PRIMUS, 2020
This article describes a framework of Standards-Based Grading suitable for use in a variety of mathematics courses. We detail our experience adapting this framework to various courses, ranging from Pre-calculus to Differential Equations, at four different institutions, including both small liberal arts colleges and large universities, and in class…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Grading, Mathematics Education, College Mathematics
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Mangum, A. – PRIMUS, 2020
This paper gives a blueprint for reacting to the various issues that an instructor will face in their day-to-day life as the manager of a Mastery-Based Testing (MBT) classroom. For example, I created a rubric to compare traditional testing with MBT, adapted my office hours to accommodate more retake opportunities, and required effort between…
Descriptors: Mastery Tests, Testing, Calculus, College Mathematics
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Harsy, Amanda – PRIMUS, 2020
As educators, it is important for us to recognize that our assessment methods affect student attitudes. If we want students to learn from their mistakes and counteract a fixed-mindset of learning, perhaps we should look at what we incentivize in the classroom. Some professors are attempting to counteract math and test anxiety, poor STEM retention,…
Descriptors: Testing, Mastery Tests, Mastery Learning, Mathematics Instruction
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Zimmerman, Jane K. – PRIMUS, 2020
Standards-based grading (SBG) is an assessment/grading system that attaches scores to the mastery level of specific learning objectives. This methodology is gaining momentum in the K-12 environment but has been largely overlooked at the post-secondary level. In this paper, I will discuss the implementation of this practice in a College Algebra…
Descriptors: Grading, Standards, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics
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Carlisle, Sylvia – PRIMUS, 2020
Specifications grading is a version of mastery grading distinguished by giving students clear specifications that their work must meet, and grading most things pass/fail based on those specifications. Mastery grading systems can get quite elaborate, with hierarchies of objectives and various systems for rewriting and retesting. In this article I…
Descriptors: Grading, Standards, Mathematics Instruction, Calculus
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Heubach, Silvia; Krinsky, Sharona – PRIMUS, 2020
We report on a large-scale implementation of mastery-based grading in a General Education Introductory Statistics course at California State University Los Angeles. In Fall 2018, the course had 80 sections of approximately 30 students each and was taught by 37 instructors who ranged from long-time, experienced instructors to brand new teaching…
Descriptors: Grading, Scoring Rubrics, Mastery Learning, Curriculum Implementation
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Weir, Rachel J. – PRIMUS, 2020
Like many math educators, I have spent much of my career bound to traditional methods of instruction and assessment. In recent years, motivated by a growing understanding that such approaches may not result in equitable or inclusive classroom environments, my teaching philosophy has shifted radically. In this article, I describe how I transformed…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Student Centered Learning
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Linhart, Jean Marie – PRIMUS, 2020
Math courses graded on homework, tests, and a final examination can result in students putting together enough partial credit to pass the class without gaining a reasonable mastery of the course content. Mastery-based testing can help to address this by allowing the instructor to align course grades with mastery of the learning objectives for the…
Descriptors: Testing, Mathematics Instruction, Grading, Mathematics Tests
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Selbach-Allen, Megan E.; Greenwald, Sarah J.; Ksir, Amy E.; Thomley, Jill E. – PRIMUS, 2020
In this paper, we compare and contrast our experiences in using standards-based grading in different courses and across two separate institutions to explore the related tradeoffs and subtleties in designing and implementing such grading systems, guided by innovation diffusion theory. We summarize our individual courses, use Linda Nilson's criteria…
Descriptors: Grading, Standards, Evaluation Methods, College Faculty
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