Iowa state universities required to gauge student improvement

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Students in some Econ 101 classes at Iowa State University this fall will take a pre-test that measures their knowledge of economics, under a state law that takes effect when classes start later this month.

The law requires courses with 300 or more students at ISU, University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa to include a plan to measure learning, and adjust instruction based on the data collected to improve student performance.

An estimated 372 classes at Iowa’s three universities will be affected this year. That number could jump to more than 1,000 by fall 2015, when courses of 100 or more students fall under the requirements.

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