Assessing Quantitative Reasoning in Student Writing
"[Quantitative Reasoning] is largely absent from our current systems of assessment and accountability."
— National Council on Education and the Disciplines, Mathematics Association of America, and Mathematical Sciences Education Board Forum on Quantitative Literacy
QuIRK has developed an innovative tool for assessing quantitative reasoning in student writing. In addition to providing evidence for program evaluation, assessment results guide professional development efforts. The pages in this section describe QuIRK's assessment methodology for those interested in implementing a similar assessment program.
What is quantitative reasoning and why does that suggest it is useful to assess student proficiency in papers rather than in standardized tests?
QuIRK's assessment rubric reflects these four student learning goals.
The rubric used by QuIRK to assess quantitative reasoning in student papers at Carleton.
The development, use, and reliability of the rubric is discussed in "A Rubric for Assessing Quantitative Reasoning in Written Arguments" by Nathan D. Grawe, Neil S. Lutsky, and Christopher J. Tassava
A brief description of how QuIRK samples student papers for assessment and organizes annual assessment sessions.
Discussion of five feasibility studies which will soon test the usefulness of QuIRK's rubric in a wide variety of institutional contexts. Also includes discussion of how QuIRK's methods can be adapted to environments different from Carleton's.
Reports on QR proficiency based on Carleton's QR assessment sessions
Interested in learning more?
If you would like to learn more about QuIRK's writing-based assessment of QR or if you would like to visit Carleton for first-hand experience with our assessment, contact Mija Van Der Wege (firstname.lastname@example.org).