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  Session: Post-deadline Papers I
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Comparing Multiple Standardized Assessment Tools in Large-Lecture Introductory Physics
  Meeting: 2016 Summer Meeting: Sacremento, California
  Location: N/A
  Time: 4:20PM
  Author: Tor Odden, University of Wisconsin-Madison
608-440-8317, todden@wisc.edu
  Co-Author(s): Peter Timbie
  Abstract: The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Physics is in the process of revising several of its introductory physics courses to incorporate reform-based teaching methods. In order to evaluate the effects of these changes, the department has been trying out and comparing multiple standardized assessment tools, both conceptual and problem-solving based, to see which is the best fit for the program. These assessments include the Force Concept Inventory, the Mechanics Baseline Test, the Conceptual Survey of Electricity and Magnetism, and the physics Survey Instrument. This presentation will report on the results of these comparisons, including correlations between assessments and course grades, correlations between different assessments, and the reliability of the assessments.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: AAPT 2016 Comparing Multiple Standardized Assessments.pptx

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