Grading concerns various questions regarding the assignment of grades to course work

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Ways to Improve Grading Speed of Papers

I have the privilege of teaching composition. This requires me to read several dozen papers in a given class. I have rubrics but no matter what I have to sit down and read the papers word for word in ...
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Discouraged from giving A's, but students are doing excellent work, what can a professor do?

I know somebody who works in a department that discourages giving students A's. Basically, a few years ago, there was a professor giving everybody A's. The department was labeled as a "vacation spot" ...
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Averaging exam scores with very different means/distributions

I'm teaching a course that has two exams which together form a large part of the students' grades. On the first exam, the mean score was very high (~90%) with the majority of students scoring over ...
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Any recourse for testing on material not mentioned in the class syllabus? [closed]

In one particular university class, many people stopped attending after about half the semester was over as the professor was "confusing" as many people phrased it and opted to instead study from the ...
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Is there a term|phrase for a grading assessment that counts the best m of n?

I'm assigning weights to different course assessments. Assessment Weight ============================ ====== Assignments (best 5 of 8) 50% Mid-term exam ...
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design student assignments

In a recent interview, I have been asked how to design assignments for an undergraduate course on computer science. Based on my previous TA experience, I did help my supervisor to design students ...
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Why do educators use curve to adjust the performance?

It bothers me when I tries to remember how many highschools or universities use curve to adjust the final grade for their student based on the class average. I know failing the entire class would be ...
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Why are (university-) teachers also examiners at the same time?

For most university classes I have come across, the professor teaching the class is also responsible for making (and usually grading) the exam, or holding an oral exam. As far as I can tell this is ...
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One student grading other students' assignments in the same course?

In the US, can a student who is already enrolled in a course grade homework assignments of all other students in the same course (but not actually accessing and changing academic records)? Is it legal ...
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Can a professor post a grade online and then change it?

Can a University professor post a grade on web-campus or blackboard and then change the grade the next day? Yesterday I received a B and today I it had been changed to a C... C's do not pass the class ...
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Improve scoring by making Fail=0 instead of < 60? [closed]

I often wonder why we leave so much room at the bottom of the scoring scale for the rare student who fails, and make it harder to distinguish top students? Why not spread out the current 60-100 ...
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Grading many exams without getting sick [closed]

I'm not sure if this question is on-topic here, but I imagine lots of people here deal with this problem. In a few weeks, I'll have to grade about 500 exams. I'll receive them in paper form, and I ...
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How to deal with a professor who grades assignments and exams incorrectly

I currently have a (graduate) professor who clearly does not understand the material she teaches at the level required by the course. This normally would not be a problem - I'm fine with educating ...
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Why would new teachers' grade distribution consist of more As and Fs than more experienced teachers'?

Three students came to my office hours and told me that they are straight As but for some reason are failing my class. I have 14 students who got A- and A. 11 are in 80s range, 9 got 70-77, and 9 in ...
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How important is it, exactly, to use a rubric for grading undergraduate lab reports?

I'm a first year grad student, and I'm TAing for a freshman/sophomore level general science course. The professor who is in charge left it up to me whether I want to use a rubric to grade the ...
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Continuum from collaboration on homework to copying

Some of the work I grade does not seem to be copied verbatim, but also seems close enough that one student or another is being a parrot and does not totally understood what they are saying. My ...
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I want to approach a certain subject for my diploma project, but unofficially I may get a bad grade for doing so. What should I do? [closed]

I'll need to explain more just so my question can be properly understood. I'm a 4th year Biomedical Engineering student from Romania, currently enrolled in the "Biomaterials and Medical Devices" ...
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Professor gave me a higher grade than I deserved. What should I do?

During one of my undergraduate semesters I was pretty depressed (for various personal reasons) and was struggling with completing my coursework. One class in particular didn't have a final exam, there ...
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Why do some tests have a (nonzero) minimum score?

Some tests have minimums in their possible score range. Cisco's 300-1000 point range, and the SAT's 200-800 point per section range come to mind. What purpose does this serve? I assume there is some ...
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Can a professor grade students based on what she “remembers” with no proper record?

I was graded unfairly in a communication class. I participated more than some students yet the professor said she couldn't remember me speaking out in class. I asked her if she has any record on that ...
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What does an optimal grading distribution look like?

Researchers on education must have thought about this, so I hope to find some directions here. Suppose that I am grading students on a scale from 1 to 10. If I have no prior knowledge of the ability ...
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Test answer rejected for saying more than asked for

this is about a phenomenon often seen, but I came across a probably more prominent example recently, so I thought I'd ask for the community's opinion. Here's the situation: In the past semester's ...
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Can college professors alter their grading scale to pass students? How often does this happen?

I have recently completed a Multivariable Calculus class. I struggle a lot with math, and failed the first and second midterms and I feel that I failed the final exam as well. The first midterm was ...
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Failing a student for attendance or grade?

My problem is pretty weird to describe. This semester I didn't keep track of student attendance in classes because the university system didn't become functional until two weeks before the end of the ...
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Have you used such grading policy in your teaching?

I have seen a grading policy for a course with two midterms. Under this policy, if a student scores better in the second midterm than in the first one, the first test will be "forgiven" and the weight ...
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Undergrad students grading other undergrads: ethical, professional, or even legal?

As an undergraduate, I've been working as a TA in an electronics lab for a while. Recently I have been asked to grade other students' lab reports. I have also done some oral examination, but I guess ...
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What proportion of course material mastery should we consider is “passing?” [closed]

What proportion of course material mastery should we consider is "passing?" In the US a typical grading rubric is A = 90%-100% B = 80%-89% C = 70%-79% D = 60%-69% F = below 59% As a professor I ...
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What should I do if a professor's grading makes me feel bad? [closed]

I have a professor who grades all his exams by himself (homework, midterm and probably the final). For whatever reason he seems to be a likeable guy during the lecture but he absolutely "wrecks" the ...
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Dealing with late assignments as a teacher assistant

I am a graduate student and I'm T.A. of a graduate course. The professor asked us to give some assignments to the students. I have done so and a homework assignment, which contains an optional part ...
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A student in my course does well on exams, but doesn't do the homework: Go easy on them, or make them “pay the price?”

I have a student in my course that does well on the exams, and his answers to the exam questions show a deep understanding of the material. However, this student has not been handing in the assigned ...
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Eliminating ambiguity in a grading policy

In a particular course, there will be one final exam and an online activity. Say the final exam is worth 50 points and the online activity is worth 5 points. Based on the following statement, how ...
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Should I hold the same writing standards for international students as I do for domestic students?

I teach courses in physics, astronomy and planetary science. Often, but certainly not always, international students (and even some domestic students, for whom English is not their primary language), ...
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Unable to grade student assignment in blackboard [closed]

I created an assignment for students using blackboard. This assignment is something that is completed externally. When going into the grading center I am unable to assign grades unless the students ...
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How to create a grading rubric that properly incentivizes and challenges students

Since I haven't do much TA duty (only 1 semester so far, starting 2nd one), I have struggled to come up with a good way to grade homework. My last grading rubric ended up creating strange incentive ...
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Applying for internship in the US as a European Student

My question is about applying for a US internship(4 scale GPA) as a European student(with 10 scale GPA). I took a look at this thread. An answer mentions that 93% of grades are 'A's, thus leading to ...
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Grounds for complaint? Professor skipping class, inaccurate grading criteria

I am taking a graduate-level summer course and have observed several problems. I would like outside opinion on whether these observations are valid grounds for an official complaint, or whether I am ...
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How to deal with failing a student?

I supervise a student who is working on her bachelor's thesis. The problem is that she has not delivered anything, never asks for any help, and when I offer her some help she claims that she ...
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Electronic Assessment / Submission for questions where each student should have a different correct answer

I am looking for software that will automatically assess the output of student assignments, or at least the numerical parts of them. This is for a large class of >100 students and multiple ...
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How can I effectively challenge a final grade? [closed]

I'm enrolled in an honours philosophy program (taking premed prereqs and maths as electives), going into my fourth year. I had a 3.9 until today when I got my first B. I made a point of kicking the ...
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Does repeated retakes of a test with average score of all attempts allow manipulation?

I am working with a computerized Course Management System which provides many options for scoring a test or activity - one of them is "Average of All Attempts". I thought that was: 1) a bad idea, 2) ...
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Is it ethical to limit marks based upon past performance?

A professor has a habit of starting oral examinations by asking for or looking up grade averages and grades from other subjects and then taking them heavily into account when evaluating the student in ...
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Grading term papers and reports written by non-native speakers

I'm teaching an advanced undergraduate computer science course that requires a 5-7 page term paper worth about 20% of the student's grade. The class has several international students, and some of ...
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How to convert Australian grade to US GPA? [duplicate]

I am wondering how to convert Australian grade(HD, D, C, ...) to US GPA (A+, A, B, C ...) I tried few websites but those showed me which I think of as "too good to be true" results. For example, ...
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Optimize lab report grading rubric to minimize grading time

I will be teaching a new course with a new grading rubric. All of my students will write a lab report at the end of each 3 hour lab session. Each lab report will have an abstract, introduction, data, ...
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Convert Spanish grades to English scale? [duplicate]

I'm a English citizen which has been living in Spain for the past 7 years (I'm currently 15 years old in case you're wondering) and I plan to move back to England at the end of this school year. Can ...
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Grading: students give correct answers, but in the wrong places

In the last assignment I've given my students, one of the questions has two subquestions that go as follows. Explain how Theory X, as developed in Smith (2010) accounts for dataset A. Briefly ...
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How do instructors grade a one-person project when everyone else in the class worked in pairs?

I shall note up front, I am myself a student looking for insight from any lecturers or professors who have had a class with this situation and what I might expect in my case. I am on a "Computer ...
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How to deal with a student who insists on getting a higher grade?

Student presentations were a part of my grading policy in one of my classes. I had a student who tried hard to get a higher grade in the class. But after his poor presentation, he persistently asked ...
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Does it make sense to make exam grading very transparent?

Is it advisable (in terms of the benefit for the students and the work it causes) to make the grading completely transparent to students? I think for instance of publishing the sample solutions for ...
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Is it unfair to regrade prior work after detecting cheating?

I teach various undergraduate courses. I make the cheating policies clear on the first day of lectures, check the student's understanding of this with an on-line quiz, and remind students of the ...