This mornings email newsletters included a discussion about the lack of stats thinking skills amongst graduates.
Diluted courses; a focus on the how without the why; and lack of relevancy to students with low math efficacy; are factors that I see generating low competent and low confidence grads into the workforce.
Things to talk about and explore
Just an half (40%) of the North American senior students were not proficient as critical thinkers. Over a tenth failed (14%) the CT assessment.
“The 40% of students tested who didn’t meet a standard deemed “proficient” were unable to distinguish the quality of evidence in building an argument or express the appropriate level of conviction in their conclusion” (Belkin, 2015).
Amongst Freshman students, almost a third apiece failed, demonstrated basic understanding, or showed to be proficient or higher in thinking critically.
A 25 page practice assessment for CT.
CLA+ comprises a Performance Task (PT) and a Selected-Response Question
There are three types of questions in the SRQ section: Scientific and
Quantitative Reasoning (SQR), Critical Reading and Evaluation (CRE), and
Critique-an-Argument (CA). CLA+ is administered online.
The PT containsan open-ended prompt that requires written responses. The SRQs
askthestudent to choose the best response based on the Document Library provided”(Council for Aid to Education, 2015, p. 1).
Critique of the cla+
Belkin, D. (2015). Test finds college graduates lack skills for white-collar jobs. Retrieved May 18, 2015, from http://www.wsj.com/articles/test-finds-many-students-ill-prepared-to-enter-work-force-1421432744
Council for Aid to Education. (2015). cla+. Retrieved May 18, 2015, from http://cae.org/images/uploads/pdf/CLA_Practice_Assessment.pdf