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

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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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rubric for grading an undergraduate real analysis course [closed]

I find it extremely time consuming to grade a homework in an undergraduate real analysis course without a rubric. Several instructors I've met do not have a clear rubric in the mind at all. Instead, ...
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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 ...
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What grading policy applies to undergraduates taking graduate courses?

I have heard that the range of grades in graduate school shrinks and grades mostly range from A to B-. What if an undergraduate student takes a graduate course, what is the grading policy for him/her? ...
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Are bibliographies/reference lists generally included in page/word counts?

I regularly assign my undergraduate students papers with a range of expected page/word length (e.g. 10-12 pages or 2500-3000 words). Is there any sort of rule as to whether or not to count a works ...
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Assessing students in exams with negative points?

I've seen that some math teachers design tests which punish errors with negative points. Why do they assign negative points? What are some pedagogical reasons why teachers might do this?
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How to encourage students to seek alternate citations for an assignment?

I am teaching at a relatively large, public institution in the United States. I have assigned my students a research paper related to the thermodynamics of human biology. I have asked the students for ...
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Should students be shown the grading rubric?

I teach a practical class which is assessed by a lab report. I grade the lab reports based on a rubric. The rubric has 6 sections (abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusions) ...
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Is the correlation between learning a subject and having high grades strong?

I've found myself in a paradoxical situation. I have failed modules over and over, many modules, some modules more than once. One of the failed modules was introduction to computing. After passing it ...
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Grading scheme which helps figuring out what is a right/wrong answer without generating frustrations

I am in charge of the grading for an undergraduate class, and I am trying to determine the grading scheme which would best help students figure out what is a correct/incorrect answer without ...
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Has any research been done into the marks awarded by markers using different strategies for exams with multiple questions?

I think anyone who's ever marked an exam with more than one question or section has wondered how to attack it, i.e. Option 1) Mark all of the questions in a single script before moving onto the next ...
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Awarding additional points to prevent too many students from failing course

Is it acceptable, if too many students in the class would fail otherwise, to award additional points across the board (in the one class, in one semester)? Would it require approval of the Division ...
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If co-instructors gave different syllabi with different grading schemes, is this generally considered a valid reason to challenge grade?

Summary: I am a STEM graduate student taking a soon-ending class that was divided into 3 parts each under different professors, Alice, Bob and Carol. There is a conflict in the grading schemes set ...
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Is there any problem with giving lots of extra credit?

In the past term, my teaching evaluations were full of complaints that I assign too much homework. To solve this, I've scaled back the assigned workload and threw several assignments into extra ...
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How to grade students' lab worksheets to prepare them for a final lab exam?

I am a physics lab TA and I was recently informed that my engineering students will receive a lab final at the end of the semester worth 50 percent of their grade. The final exam is not personally ...
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Blind grading for exams isn't very blind

TL;DR: How should I blindly grade exams when I can recognize over half of the papers by the handwriting? Situation: I'm a TA for an first year physics class of approximately 50-60 students. Due to a ...