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Document Number: 10701

Common Sense: Using Common Finals to Measure Postsecondary Student Learning - Very little postsecondary student learning can be measured in ways that allow comparisons to students at other colleges or to fellow students in different sections of a class taught by different instructors. Lacking that measure, it's difficult to know and improve instructor quality. Using exams in two developmental algebra courses at Glendale Community College, the author shows how similar exams can yield data on instructor quality. He concludes by recommending departments administer common final exams in multi-sectioned introductory classes. He points out that university systems could help coordinate such efforts across member institutions. He also suggests administrators directly confront faculty concerns that common finals will be used to evaluate them. (Matthew M. Chingos, Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings, April 2013)...

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