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Use the results to:

a)

determine whether they are realistic in terms of the original situation; or

b)

determine whether the mathematical model/representation of data was appropriate; or

c)

describe a trend in a table, graph, or formula and make predictions based on trends; or

d)

draw qualitative conclusions in written form.

The artifact used for Quantitative Skills assessment consisted of four multiple choice questions based on a data graph to assess quantitative outcome 4c. The questions were asked of the same students who provided the artifacts for the written communications assessment.

9.2% (6 of 65) of the graduates correctly answered all four questions, as did 10.4% (8 of 77) of the non-graduates. 73.8% (48 of 65) of the graduates and 77.9% (60 of 77) of the non-graduates answered at least three of the questions correctly.  86.2% (56 of 65) of graduates and 83.1% (64 of 77) of non-graduates answered question number three incorrectly.  

The table below shows the frequency distribution of scores.

Score Range

Number of Graduates

Number of Non-Graduates

4

6

8

3

42

52

2

13

15

1

4

2

0

0

0

It was pointed out that question number three required students to estimate a yearly expenditure while the graph represented expenditures per month.  It was suggested that the question might reveal more about whether the students carefully read and followed instructions than about the ability to correctly interpret the graph data.

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