Initial Publication Date: June 10, 2008

QuIRK Goals for Student Learning

QuIRK sets programming priorities by identifying needs through the assessment of student performance. In the summer of 2004, the QuIRK Steering Committee read a sample of papers drawn from 100 student writing portfolios to enumerate goals for QR proficiency along with outcomes associated with each. The Committee identified a set of four goals and outcomes for QR in student writing.

Goal 1. Thinks quantitatively


1. States questions and issues under consideration in numerical terms.
2. Identifies appropriate quantitative or numerical evidence to address questions and issues.
3. Investigates questions by selecting appropriate quantitative or numerical methods.

Goal 2. Implements competently


4. Generates, collects, or accesses appropriate data.
5. Uses quantitative methods correctly.
6. Focuses analysis appropriately on relevant data

Goal 3. Interprets and evaluates thoughtfully


7. Interprets results to address questions and issues under consideration
8. Assesses the limitations of the methods employed, if appropriate to the task or assignment

Goal 4. Communicates effectively


9. Presents and/or reports quantitative data appropriately