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# talk-mass-060425 - K-12 Mathematics Some Warning Signs...

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K-12 Mathematics: Some Warning Signs Professor Clifford Mass Department of Atmospheric Sciences University of Washington

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Warning Sign One: Students Are Less Mathematically Capable in College Freshman Courses Atmospheric Sciences 101 students today are clearly less math capable than 10-15 years ago. Most have poor algebra skills. Many are uncomfortable with even simple equations. As a result, we have had to “dumb-down” the class. Other professors in a variety of disciplines have noticed the same thing.
Objective Evidence The UW Gave the Same Math Placement Exam Between 1990 and 1999 After Scores Plummeted…They Created a New EASIER Exam

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UW Precalculus Placement Exam 45 50 55 60 65 70 AUT 1990 AUT 1991 AUT 1992 AUT 1993 AUT 1994 AUT 1995 AUT 1996 AUT 1997 AUT 1998 AUT 1999 AUT 2000 AUT 2001 AUT 2002 AUT 2003 Year Score New (Easier)Exam Old Exam
Precalc Placement Exam Adjusted 45 50 55 60 65 70 AUT 1990 AUT 1991 AUT 1992 AUT 1993 AUT 1994 AUT 1995 AUT 1996 AUT 1997 AUT 1998 AUT 1999 AUT 2000 AUT 2001 AUT 2002 AUT 2003 Year New Exam

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While Math Placement Scores Have Dropped, It Has Become More Difficult to Get Into the UW And Their High School Grade Point Averages Have Risen Considerably!
High GPA of Incoming Freshmen 3.45 3.5 3.55 3.6 3.65 3.7 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Year

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