Assessment / Effectiveness
Student success in any course relies on many factors, such as
Any placement system may be able to take background and skill into account,
but it cannot anticipate interest and motivation.
Uncontrollable factors make assessment of effectiveness difficult.
Two past experiments provide evidence that the system is effective:
One experiment showed that individual placement of incoming students by
faculty was as reliable as the use of a nation-wide placement test.
A second study showed an initial rule-based system provided placements that
were comparable with individual placements by faculty.
Together, these suggest that a rule-based system may be as effective as a
nation-wide placement test.
Validation of the current system provided by 3 types of activities:
Computing, math, and statistics faculty can review individual placement
Computing, math, and statistics faculty can review transcripts and
standardized scores of incoming students in analyzing potential placements
generated for new incoming students.
Past placements can be compared with the actual performance of students in
their first courses.
created 26 January 2012|
last revised 26 January 2012