Math Meeting, March 15, 2006
<back to Math Page>Agenda:Attendees: Victoria O'Donnell, Evan Innerst, Rich Follansbee, Jack Preston, Chuck Iverson, Judy Liteky, and Ray Lapuz 1. Victoria reported on the meeting she attended regarding prerequisite blocking. We currently have prerequisite blocking for Math 120 and 122. Starting Fall 2006, the district will have automatic prerequisite blocking for the following math courses: 112, 123, 125, 140, 200, 219, 241, 242, 252, and 253. More details are on the attached message from Victoria to the math faculty. Our discussion generated some "action items":
2. Placement Test Update: Our new Math (and English) placement test comes from a company called COMPASS/ACT. The testing software is such that it begins at the (Elementary) Algebra level and will (might) change levels depending on whether the test taker gets questions correct or incorrect. The levels are PreAlgebra, Algebra (Elementary), College Algebra (Intermediate), and Trig. Students can be placed in Math 811, 111/110, 120/122, 130, or 251. (I'm not sure about 125, 200, or 241). I (Ray) took the test to check out the problems and I ran into an interesting type of question: "If a@b=3a+b 4@2x=7, find x." Anyway, a report from Melissa Raby (and Bob Haick) goes as follows:
3. Student Learning Outcomes Update: Last semester, we piloted an assessment process for Elementary Algebra SLO's. We identified a list of SLO's to be the following:
An assessment was given (see attached) and offered to M110/111/112 instructor as an anonymous or graded quiz. Few participated but the results may seem to be representative:
As expected, students had problems translating from English into math and solving word problems. With this evidence, (or maybe this result is just an excuse), we agreed to get together as math faculty and share teaching techniques of covering (or uncovering) word problems. Next Meeting's Possible Agenda Items: (Probably after spring break)
