Competency Exams in College Mathematics
Kathy Autrey, Leigh Myers, Northwestern State Univ. of Louisiana, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Norfolk, VA ISBN 978-1-880094-41-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The idea of competency exams as an integral part of a college mathematics course started at Northwestern State University because of the move to reform based calculus. Further changes in our curriculum have led to a more widespread use of competency exams. While implementation of these exams has been successful in our calculus courses and a course for elementary education majors, we wish to expand our competency exams into developmental mathematics and College Algebra. These exams will ensure that our students have basic analytical skills, while allowing us to maintain reform based courses. We hope to use computer and internet based exams in order to manage a competency exam program throughout the department. We are currently testing a computer based, self-paced program in one developmental math class. We will report on the process we use for these exams and the results we have seen from competency exams across the mathematics curriculum
Autrey, K. & Myers, L. (2001). Competency Exams in College Mathematics. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1317-1319). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).