
Assessment Criteria  Math
Goal
Students will perform basic mathematical manipulations, display facility with the use of
mathematics in framing concepts for mathematical analysis and interpret data
intelligently.
Objective A. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the role of quantitative
reasoning and its application.
 4 OUTSTANDING
Regards quantitative reasoning as essential in understanding both multiple academic areas and
domains beyond the academic and career related; can articulate and advocate appropriate
applications of quantitative reasoning in various settings.
 3 EFFECTIVE
Regards quantitative reasoning as very useful and important to domains beyond the academic;
demonstrates and articulates an understanding of its uses and can choose appropriate
applications.
 2 ADEQUATE
Regards quantitative reasoning as useful and important although primarily academic; recognizes
appropriate applications and understands explanations.
 1 INEFFECTIVE
Regards quantitative reasoning as irrelevant beyond academic applications.
Objective B. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the language of
mathematics and basic mathematical concepts and operations.
 4 OUTSTANDING
Demonstrates superior knowledge of the language of mathematics and basic mathematical
concepts and operations. Has the ability to teach and explain basic mathematical concepts and
operations to others.
 3 EFFECTIVE
Demonstrates the appropriate use of the language of mathematics and basic mathematical
concepts and operations. Can initiate or contribute to discussions about mathematical concepts
and operations.
 2 ADEQUATE
Understands the basic language of mathematics and basic mathematical concepts. Can
participate in discussions about mathematical concepts and operations and can demonstrate
adequate knowledge.
 1 INEFFECTIVE
Cannot demonstrate knowledge of the language of mathematics and basic mathematical
concepts. Avoids participation in discussions about mathematical concepts and operations.
Objective C. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply basic mathematical
operations to problem solving in one's personal and working life. This criterion
demonstrates ability to apply basic mathematical concepts and operations to situations which will be
encountered beyond the university and in.the "real world".
 4 OUTSTANDING
Understands the quantitative frameworks of broad scope, realworld problems; recognizes
advantages and disadvantages of several quantitative approaches to a problem and chooses
appropriate concepts to describe the problem, accurately performs needed mathematical
operations, and articulates the meaning of the solution in terms of the original problem.
 3 EFFECTIVE
Once the quantitative framework of realworld problems are clarified, chooses appropriate
concepts to describe the problem and accurately performs needed mathematical operations and
articulates the meanings of the solution in terms of the original problem.
 2 ADEQUATE
Recognizes, the quantitative framework of realworld problems of limited scope, and
independently chooses appropriate concepts to describe the problem; accurately performs basic
mathematical operations on problems of personal or work life and applies the solution to the
original problem.
 1 INEFFECTIVE
Does not see problems in a quantitative framework unassisted; inability to choose appropriate
concepts and/or to perform basic mathematical operations on problems in personal or work life
limits options to developing solutions..
Objective D. Students will accurately comprehend and draw appropriate Inferences
from numeric data assembled in a variety of forms (e.g., graphs, charts, summary
statistics, etc.) and in other disciplines.
 4 OUTSTANDING
Comprehends complex and sophisticated displays of data and makes inferences consistent with
the data. Can construct data displays from a set of data; explains clearly in everyday language the
meaning of the data, and relates it to appropriate context.
 3 EFFECTIVE
Comprehends some complex and sophisticated displays of data and makes inferences consistent
with simple displays of data; explains the meaning of the data in everyday language; relates to
appropriate context.
 2 ADEQUATE
Comprehends simple displays of data, makes inferences consistent with the displays of data, and
explains the inferences within a limited context.
 1 INEFFECTIVE
Inconsistently comprehends some simple displays of data; makes inferences inconsistent with
simple displays of data or with its context.
