I'm assigning weights to different course assessments.

Assessment                    Weight
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Assignments (best 5 of 8)       50%
Mid-term exam                   20%
Final exam                      30%

Is there a word or phrase for a grading scheme that counts the best m of n marks? Example: There are weekly assignments worth 10% each, the best 5 of 8 will be counted.

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    "Best 5 of 8" seems like a perfectly good way to describe this. Commented Apr 18, 2016 at 18:57

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I often see this expressed as "lowest x grades dropped," where x is n minus m.

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    For example, in the Blackboard LMS interface, the phrase shown is "Drop [x] lowest grades". Commented Apr 18, 2016 at 21:42

Only half serious, but you could try this:

The last 5 order statistics of the 8 assignments have a weight of 10% each.

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