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Topic: On-line placement exams
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Phil Mahler

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Re: On-line placement exams
Posted: Jul 31, 2012 6:39 PM
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Two summers ago I sat in on a meeting of muckety mucks in tyc higher ed in
Massachusetts, where I teach. They had an expert* speaking who said that
research shows that self-placement and mandatory testing placement are about
equally efficacious.

In the light of our very high attrition rates in the face of mandatory
testing and placement, I can believe that may be true.

Students have a feeling about how much math they know, and their fear and
commitment level towards math (usually frightened, resentful, and
noncommittal of course).

And it occurs to me that in a course they chose themselves, at least they
have to take some ownership about their success.


*I don¹t remember who, but he was familiar with AMATYC. :-) And I do realize
that an expert is someone who crosses a state line to tell you something you
already know.

On 7/31/12 3:03 PM, "Wayne Ford Mackey" <> wrote:

> I agree with Alain. Treisman called placement tests a scam. Let the student
> take whatever course they choose. They'll be fine.
> wayne
> ________________________________________

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