# Mathematics Advanced Writing Progress Reports

## Advanced Writing - Progress Reports

At the end of each semester, a student receives from a committee of the Department an assessment of her progress towards completing the appropriate requirement. The assessment consists of two parts: an overall assessment of progress towards completion of the requirement and a list of writing standards which require attention based on her writing samples.

### Overall Assessment

The overall assessment options are the same for both the sophomore and junior years.

**At mid-year**, the overall assessment falls into one of the following categories:

- the student is on track to satisfy the requirement;
- the student should be able to satisfy the requirement if her writing continues to improve; or,
- the student's writing needs significant improvement;the committee does not have enough samples to evaluate the student's progress.

**At the end of the year**, the outcomes of the overall assessment by the writing committee are similar.One of the student's papers is judged to satisfy the requirement and is added to her portfolio.

- One of her papers is chosen for further revision in order to complete the requirement.
- There are not enough samples of writing to evaluate the student's progress. She is asked to meet with her advisor.
- The student's writing needs significant improvement to demonstrate proficiency. She is asked to meet with her advisor.

### Standards

The standards for writing proficiency for the **sophomore year** are listed below.

**Accuracy**

- Mathematical ideas are described accurately.
- Mathematical language and notation are used correctly.
- The paper is free of mathematical errors
- The directions for the assignment, including attention to the intended audience, are followed.

**Organization**

- Mathematical arguments and analyses flow logically.
- The paper has an effective introduction and conclusion.
- The paragraph structure is cohesive.
- The paper is organized around a central idea.
- The paper is well organized.

**Clarity and Insight**

- Mathematical ideas are described clearly and with sufficient detail.
- The wording is smooth and clear; word choice is appropriate.
- Transitions between ideas are clear.
- The development of mathematical ideas shows insight and depth.

**Mechanics**

- The paper is free of grammatical, typographical, and spelling errors.
- Appropriate mathematical format is followed.
- Use and format of citations and bibliography are correct.
- Tables and figures are appropriately labeled and formatted.

**The standards for the junior year** include all the above with the addition of the standards given below:

- The significance of mathematical results is described accurately and clearly.
- Formal proofs and analyses are precise and succinct.
- The appropriate professional format for the paper is followed.