The Equitable Math Assessment Project will scale this group’s previous project over three dimensions: EMAP will reach more faculty and students with our approach to clustering content around Big Ideas by including additional topics from College Algebra as well as some Calculus topics; they will create assessment resources which align with the original re-organized content and activities that appear in the BAM-C Course Guide; and they will develop a checklist tool for teachers to reflect on daily teaching practices. We will expand our work to include faculty teaching classes on the STEM Pathway to Calculus.
Assessment of student learning is inextricably linked to the design of effective curriculum and pedagogy. Assessment methods aligned with instructional practice benefit student and faculty learning. EMAP aims to develop and promote inclusive and flexible assessment approaches aligned with the Big Ideas Framework. Alternative assessment strategies that promote students’ conceptual understanding and progress towards attainment of learning goals will be developed and shared. A tenet of inclusive assessment is to provide students multiple ways and opportunities to demonstrate understanding and skills. Their project will also develop and promote a checklist for faculty. To advance our work in providing high quality professional learning experiences for math faculty, they will develop a checklist (akin to The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande). The key function of the checklist will be to guide faculty to a more holistic view of their classroom practice to embrace practices that are inclusive and effective in supporting student success.