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Math instructor plots student success at BCC

Barton Community College math instructor Jo Harrington writes on a whiteboard in algebra class.

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The success of students at Barton Community College can be shown on a series of spreadsheets maintained by math instructor Jo Harrington.
Some 18,000 test questions from general-education courses taught at Barton are recorded on the spreadsheets each year, along with the percentage of students who got the correct answers. Each test question is tied to a desired competency, such as critical thinking or problem solving. In the past eight years since this assessment model was developed, more than 100,000 questions have been entered.
It’s not test scores and pass rates that are being measured, Harrington said ...


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