Questions tagged [grades]

Assessment of a student's academic education which appears as a quantitative or descriptive form.

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Failing students when it might cause them economic ruin

The issue has crept up on me slowly over the last several years. I am increasingly aware of the massive debt that many of my students are taking on, debt which is far beyond the sort of debt that I ...
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Slept through final, professor is giving me a zero and failing me – is there anything I can do to change this?

I slept through my 8 am final last Thursday, and I didn’t wake up until 11:50 am. By the time I scrambled to remember what day it was, it was already noon. I frantically sent the professor an email ...
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How to react when encountering students who have previously failed my course?

Context: I am an assistant professor of mathematics at a small liberal-arts college in the US. I did my graduate work at a large public university, and there I rarely encountered students who had ...
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Are college students forbidden from sharing their grades with other students?

I am currently in an anatomy class and had an issue. I and three other students worked on an 18 page packet together. We had the same answers since we worked on it as a group. However, two of us ...
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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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Understanding an abnormal grade distribution

I have three years of experience teaching as part of a team (many teachers, some with more experience, agreeing on a syllabus and preparing the tests together), but this year is the first time I am ...
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Is it fair for a professor to grade us on the possession of past papers?

My English professor recently asked us to bring in all of our graded essays from the whole semester in order to fill out a 'rubric' of sorts which tallied the various types of mistakes we had made. ...
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How important are my grades to the rest of my PhD career?

Speaking to the faculty in my program, I've noticed that they seem to evaluate themselves and others using two criterion: (1) publication quality and quantity, and (2) ability to obtain grant money. ...
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Should I notify the teacher that he accidentally gave out the answers to an assignment?

For one of my class projects, the teacher coded the entire solution, then took out a few sections that we are supposed to complete for our assignment. This incomplete code was distributed to the class ...
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What can a student who is already studying hard do to improve low grades?

I have been studying hard for the past year and a half (it's my second year of Computer Science) while not getting remotely close to the desired results. I passed my first year with a 7.2 GPA (5 (...
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Would I get into trouble if I give out “too many” A grades?

In the next semester, I will be teaching for the first time a seminar course which is composed of about 25 students. I am not sure how to respond to prospective students who have asked me about the ...
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Are course grade distributions supposed to be bell shaped?

I just got done teaching my first course, and my grades are heavily skewed: I consider my assessments to be fair and have had them vetted by more experienced faculty. Also, the course averages are ...
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What is the purpose of having grades?

What is the idea behind giving a student a grade? It might sound like a funny question but I'm serious. I ask because in my previous question about disputing a mark, it's hard for me to decide how ...
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Why does grade inflation seem to be so severe in the USA?

A comment on this question on undergraduate admissions notes that a good college might get 10x more applicants who all have the maximum possible grade point average, than the college can admit. (The ...
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Can game theory explain grade inflation?

According to wikipedia, grade inflation is the tendency of academic grades for work of comparable quality to increase over time. That article also includes plenty of evidence for the phenomenon and ...
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Are athletes' college degrees discounted by employers and graduate school admissions?

This question and the pertinent answers suggest that, as a rule, college athletes in the United States are not held to the same academic standards as other students. It also seems that this is well-...
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Purposeful fail - effect on Master's admission [closed]

I am intending to purposefully try to fail a course to stay an extra semester, so I can finalize some research projects which can't be finalized otherwise. My current GPA is 3.82. How badly would 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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What can a professor do about an exam that was too long for the allotted time, after the students have completed it?

I just finished a midterm exam. It was very easy but I was only able to finish about 3/4 of it. And I rushed through some parts in the final moments. Talking with other students, there's a consensus ...
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Is a professor allowed to ask me what grade I got in a previous class?

I'm a student in Michigan, in the United States. I've just started a class for which a previous class was the prerequisite. The professor of my current class asked that I give him my grade for that ...
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What do I do if a teacher fails me after they said I'd pass?

I just failed a university-level course that the instructor assured me I was passing. We've discussed my grade in emails but we continue to disagree on how it should be calculated and even on what ...
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Misunderstood exam question with consequences for incorrect answer

I suspect a student misread an exam question worth 10 points (exam out of 120). Aside from this one student, the rest all understood the question and the average grade was 8.2/10 for this question. ...
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If I believe a student lacks the preparation to pass, what should I say to them? [closed]

I'm an Advanced Level math teacher in my country. I teach two courses Pure and Applied. Its duration is 3 years. At the end of three years, there is one exam for the whole three years. Only 1200 ...
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Is there any point in handing back exams ordered by grade?

Back in France I had a few teachers handing back exams in order from the highest grade to the lowest grade, and I recall there was some tense suspense, especially for for the people at the bottom of ...
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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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Grading system: Why A-F and not E?

Why do we use F for failing on an otherwise arbitrary alphabetic grading scale? Isn't E just as meaningful for failing as A is for excellent? I'm more interested in a response on the history of how ...
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How to motivate students to complete low-point homework?

I teach a course consisting of about 50 assignments. These include readings, many short writing assignments, and group projects. Additionally, students complete 2 large projects as the mid-term and ...
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Non competitive grading system

I go to school at a University in the US. We use a competitive grading system where teachers give grades based on how you do relative to other students. This type of grading system doesn't encourage ...
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How can I ask a lecturer not to disclose (my) grades publicly?

In my university, some, but not all, professors upload online the grades of every student and their names next to them a few days before making them final at the end of the semester. This is done to ...
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Is it advisable to contact a professor if I fear failing a graduate-level course?

I am an international master's student in the US. I am currently finishing my last semester of courses. This semester has been very tough on my personal life because of some family issues. I also had ...
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Why is B or B− the minimum passing grade for most graduate courses in US?

I was recently told that in many schools in the US (maybe other countries too), the minimum grade for a graduate course is B or B−. Meaning that B is considered as a passing score. I would like to ...
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What can I do when my transcripts have mistakes?

My transcripts contain a mistake on the grade I took for a course. I applied before two months to change me the grade but the process is slow. Until now nothing has changed and I need to apply for ...
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Should a professor recommending me talk about my (bad) grades in his or her letter?

I recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics. I'm now applying to research internships and some of these need recommendation letters from faculty. I did very badly during the first 2 ...
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Graduate early with average GPA, or later with better GPA?

I've seen similar questions here, and I wish there was a narrower tag than the broad soft-question and career-development. I am currently a freshman/sophomore-to-be at a top ten math program in US. ...
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Who can see a student's grades? [closed]

I have a question. Can all the professors in a department see a particular student's grades? Can the chair of a department see a student's grades?
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Trauma affected my grades while in undergrad, how will it affect me getting into graduate school?

I was traumatized by an abusive relationship. While in the relationship, my grades were affected. Out of the relationship, I chose to stay in school and struggle with my studies instead of medically ...
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Is it OK for a professor to refuse access to individual test marks?

I received a very low grade in one of my Master classes. This is not a failing grade but close to it. Such low scores are highly unusual in this country (Japan), 90/100 or more is the norm and even a ...
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Requesting All Student's Grades From Professor

For the last few months I have been tutoring a student in a university math course and they just received their finally course grade which numerically was a 78, but to my surprise the letter grade ...
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How to measure entropy of exam results

In this answer to a quora question, the answerer mentions how the 'entropy' of a set of exam results can be used to measure how well the exam differentiates between students. Should I be computing ...
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Advisor moving to Industry for a year, How should I reapply for PhD elsewhere?

I am in my second year of PhD. A lot of the past 1.5 years was coursework and little research. I have been working with my current advisor for the past 5 months and have a publication in the pipeline. ...
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Variation in drop dates, and effect on student outcomes

(This question may be specific to US university systems. Also, sorry it is long.) US universities usually have some provision for students to drop a course. Within the first N weeks of the term, if ...
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Putting class ranking in CV, but against dept guidelines

I graduated last year from a master's course where I was fortunate enough to graduate top of my class. However I was told this in confidence by one of my referees to a PhD programme, and they informed ...
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Is there a better measure of undergraduate academic performance than GPA?

An answer to a recent question about the importance of looking at a student's whole transcript got me thinking. Is there some other way of summing up a student's academic performance, other than the ...
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Is it unethical to not give feedback on final exams or assignments?

In this question a person working as a TA was asking if and how he should try to persuade a lecturer to change her practice, in which she gave grades for final assignments but not detailed feedback. ...
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Emailing a professor for points on an exam when you want a recommendation from the professor

I recently took an exam in my master's program where I missed just enough points to change my grade from A+ to A (in my country, these show up differently on a transcript). I intend on applying to ...
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Can students ask for changing grades?

If a student feels that the grade he received is lower than he expected, because he has been working very hard, and truly trying to understand things, but sometimes at the cost of sacrificing details. ...
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What are the implications of the whole class failing an exam?

I am an MSc student and in my class are 10 people. The module has been taught exceptionally poorly and as a result none of us can see ourselves passing the module. The exam is in two days time. By ...
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Being the right kind of demanding as a college instructor

As part of my work as a graduate student in maths I currently teach a basic second semester calculus course. It seems like every semester I teach, one or two students want some sort of special ...
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Hard data on students using W's to enhance their GPAs?

I teach at a community college in California, where students can drop a course with a grade of "W" up until the 12th week of the semester. Within the last year or so, I seem to be seeing an increase ...
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Mistakenly passing a student

I miscalculated the mark of one of my students and mistakenly notified him that he passed the class. However, I noticed my mistake after some hours and fixed it, thereby resulting in him failing the ...