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    Rubric

    Assessment: Rubric for Assessing Quantitative Reasoning Learning Outcomes

    Learning Outcome Unsatisfactory Satisfactory Outstanding
    Apply logical and symbolic analysis to different kinds of problems

    Cannot apply logical and symbolic analysis appropriately or only to selected problems

    Can apply logical and symbolic analysis appropriately to different kinds of problems

    Can apply logical and symbolic analysis to all appropriate problems at a highly advanced level

    Model phenomena with mathematical or logical reasoning

    Estimations/computations are incomplete or otherwise unsuccessful

    Cannot model phenomena using such reasoning and/or fails to make and evaluate important assumptions in modeling

    Can model phenomena with such reasoning and demonstrates correct evaluation of important assumptions Can model phenomena using such reasoning in a sophisticated way that may shed new light on the phenomena
    Represent quantitative information in different forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, text)

    Representation is inappropriate or inaccurate in one or more forms; interferes with understanding of information

    Representation is accurate in all forms and supports understanding of information Representation is accurate and unusually clear in all forms and facilitates new insights into information
    Describe numerical data presented in different forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words) Provides inaccurate description of numerical data Provides accurate description of numerical data Provides accurate description of numerical data in a way that is exceptionally clear or useful

    Use quantitative techniques to estimate or compute a result

    Estimations/computations are incomplete or otherwise unsuccessful

    Estimations/computations are essentially all successful and sufficiently comprehensive to solve the problem

    Estimations/computations are essentially all successful, sufficiently comprehensive to solve the problem, and presented exceptionally well (clearly, concisely, etc.)

    Develop appropriate inferences and conclusions from numerical data

    Inappropriate or incorrect inferences/conclusions developed from numerical data Correct inferences/conclusions developed from numerical data Correct inferences/conclusions developed from numerical data, explained in an exceptionally clear or useful way

    Critically evaluate key assumptions and limitations of one’s own work as well as others’ inferences and conclusions

    Does not successfully evaluate assumptions and limitations of others’ inferences and conclusions; has not included critical evaluation of own work

    Successfully evaluates assumptions and limitations of both one’s own work and others’ inferences and conclusions Evaluates assumptions and limitations of both one’s own work and others’ inferences and conclusions in an insightful way that may shed new light on the work

    Use communication (written, visual, oral) to express a quantitative argument, inference, or conclusion

    Poor communication practices obscure the argument, inference, or conclusion Effective communication practices facilitate understanding of the argument, inference, or conclusion Superb communication practices facilitate understanding at an unusually high level through clarity, creativity, and understanding of audience

    Material from AAC&U VALUE Quantitative Literacy rubric excerpted with permission from Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and Tools for Using Rubrics, edited by Terrel L. Rhodes. Copyright 2010 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.