Supported Site University of Arizona: Assessment

Introductory Calculus-Based Mechanics: FCI
Semester N PreTest Aver. Score* PostTest Aver. Score Norm. Gain#
Fall 2002 32 12.6 16.5 35.7%
Fall 2003 47 17.5 23.2 46%
Fall 2004 31 17.9 21 32%
Fall 2005 13 20.2 25.5 47%
Fall 2006 42 18.1 22.9 26.2%

N = number of matched students
*out of 30
#based on matched pre- and post-tests

Note that when we administered the FCI in Fall 2002, we asked students to use an identifying code that they would remember from the pre-test to the post-test. Since very few students were able to remember that code, resulting in a small number of matched tests, we modified this to use the last four digits of their ID numbers in subsequent years.

During the semesters indicated in bold, the instructors utilized materials developed for the reformed course.

Introductory Calculus-Based E & M: CSEM
Semester N PreTest Aver. Score# PostTest Aver. Score Norm. Gain##
Fall 2002 18 12.6 19.1 30.5%
Fall 2003 31 11.1 20.1 43.0%
Fall 2004 26 12.6 21.2 46%
Fall 2005 7 13.1 19.1 19.3%*
Fall 2006 24 13.7 17.2 24.3%

N = number of matched students
#out of 32
*Post-test administered during lab make-up session, with sparse attendance.
##based on matched pre- and post-tests

During the semesters indicated in bold, the instructors utilized materials developed for the reformed course.