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

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Why do W (i.e., Withdrawn) grades exist?

At American colleges and universities, it is nearly universally the case, to the best of my knowledge, that students who choose to withdraw from a course after a short window early in the semester ...
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Funny 5th option in multiple choice exam?

I came across a multiple choice exam paper where the professor had included a funny fifth option in almost every question. There was also a bonus question at the end, where students can earn 0.5 extra ...
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How to grade unequal contributions to group work as a TA bound by instructor's rules

I am a TA for a freshman course in the humanities at a US university. Due to pandemic restrictions, the class is entirely online and the medium through which students learn is Canvas. Lectures are pre-...
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Course gives flawed problems in exams every time [closed]

There is a course at my university that has not had a correctly posed exam as far as any student remembers. The exam consists of five problems of the type "Prove that if A, then B". At least ...
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How to reply to students' emails that show anger about their mark?

I always find myself in a difficult situation on the rage of students who are upset about their marks they just received. I feel it is kind of difficult to reply to students' emails that sound very ...
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How can I motivate the teaching assistants to grade more strictly?

I am a lecturer in charge of a course with over 250 students and several TAs. The TAs are partly responsible for grading the homework assignments. Since these are assignments in programming, no two ...
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How many marks should I take off for a student using an incorrect value? [closed]

I am marking tests and a student wrote down 64 instead of -64 for one of the questions. This obviously changed the entire question and they would have gotten full marks otherwise, (i.e. all their ...
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Shortlisting criteria for an oversubscribed course: first-come-first-served vs grade point and classroom diversity

I teach an advanced Engineering elective course which has a mixed audience of Junior (3rd year) and Seinor (4th year) undergrads and some Grad students. Since it is a interactive course with a lot ...
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Can I supplement my unofficial transcripts with missing context?

So I have a 2 page unofficial transcripts I would like to send to Universities. One page describes marks, while the other provides the grading system. Now, since I have studied in an Indian University,...
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Assignment: Wrong number of decimal places [closed]

I recently handed in an assignment where I quoted all of my answers (statistical output) to two decimal places instead of three. Obviously a stupid mistake, however it wasn't clear that it was ...
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What are the consequences for missing a semester grade reporting deadline? [closed]

It is obviously doing a disservice to students waiting for their final grades who might need them for financial aid purposes etc. Course faculty involved in this would also at least have some ...
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Curving grades without creating competition among students

I've recently taken a new position within a math department at a large university. The department has an official policy that in most lower-level undergraduate classes (let's say anything in the ...
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How can I deal with a professor with an all-or-nothing grading habit?

In the exams for the course I am taking, all questions are full credit or zero. Specifically, each exam has only 3 questions (approximately 30 points each). The professor only looks at the result. So, ...
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Should my class be more rigorous, and how?

I just finished my first semester teaching. The class average was about 88% +/- 9. This seems high to me. The class is normally taken by third and fourth year students. I don't want to push the ...
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Is it ethical to award points for hilariously bad answers?

Q: Why are the outer planets of the Solar System so much more massive than the inner planets? A: By the central limit theorem, everything eventually appears to look like a Bell curve. Therefore planet ...
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Why don't university courses report percentiles together with absolute grades?

In any course in university, grades will be reported on an absolute scale, such as A+, A, B+, etc. Why don't these courses also report percentiles to indicate how hard the course was? This is very ...
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Should amount of citation/references be taken into account when grading an assignment?

As I don't like looking up the internet and read all the materials or references and all that when doing assignment, thus I try to pay full attention during lectures and/or tutorials. Therefore, my ...
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Professor gave full credit for incompleteness

My professor gives full credit for every single assignment I have turned in for the past 9 weeks (except for a paper we had for which he gave me individual feedback on my writing). I did everything I ...
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Student requests to know their “grades so far”

I periodically get requests from students to know their "grade so far". From what I can tell, this is becoming more prevalent, and more encouraged by administrators. And there is a box for &...
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Having team-members split the grade among them by their personal contribution

In a project-based class the submission is in teams of 2 (self-assigned teams). In most teams, the grade is the same for both members. However, in some teams, I suspect that most of the work was done ...
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I found an error in my exam that caused me to lose time on other questions, resulting in a lower grade. How can I appeal?

I'm a student in college, and while I was taking a linear algebra exam, I noticed that there was a mistake in the last exercise. Our exam is composed of two parts: multiple questions and exercises. ...
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Is “cum laude with honors” meaningful or a tautology in the US?

In the following video, an expert witness is relating her academic background and, at one point she states that she graduated "cum laude with honours". Having looked at various sources I ...
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What is the fair way to grade in this pandemic?

I am a second-year student at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research. There's been a lot of discussions among students and faculty in my institute regarding the grading system to be ...
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What statistics should I disclose when giving grades to students?

When giving grades to students, I often find it interesting to disclose some information about the grades distribution. I imagine that it helps to know where one is situated in comparison to others. ...
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Is it valid to modify a student's exam grade if you feel they did not earn it?

I am a graduate student who teaches their own class. I have a supervisor who I report to for everything, including final grades. We have a meeting every semester at the end to review our final grades ...
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A lecturer wants to grade me based on 'creativity' in a task, how do I succeed?

TLDR: In a course where students are required to do exercises, a programming project and write a report in small groups, the lecturer announced that grading will be based on 'creativity' and how funny ...
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Retaking an undergraduate course due to poor grade before graduate school applications

Due to poor performance on a midterm for an advanced major class I am currently taking, I am expecting to earn a lower grade than I would like to (around a B/B-). I have earned A's in all my other ...
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What are the implications of submitting a paper to be graded and to arxiv preprint on the same day?

I submitted my paper to be graded in a university class and to the arvix preprint on the same day. Are there any implications for the grading professor and myself if the arxiv preprint is announced ...
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Tool to generate feedback based on test results

My mom is a tutor and she was hoping for some software to help her speed up her grading process. Currently, she has her students take a test and she needs to generate something for the student with ...
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How should I approach the issue of students not writing their name and student number on an exam?

I am a teaching assistant (TA) in a second-year undergraduate course and have just received the results of my students' multiple choice midterm exam, which were marked by an optical marking ("Scantron"...
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Do I have recourse if one professor's section has a higher average grade and “easier time” than my course's section?

From my observations comparing syllabi, grades, and coursework with a few of my peers, their professor's section of the same class has a significantly lighter work-load, more lenient grading policy, ...
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What if point systems for tests were different?

What if when taking a test you could select multiple answers and the percent per question you got was (100)(1/n), n being the amount of answers selected (only award points if any a selected answer ...
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Do students have the right to see how their papers were graded?

Note: You may refer previous revisions for more context. I read Academia varies more than you think it does, but in any school or university I've been to or heard of, students can always see how they ...
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Is it appropriate for a lecturer to invite the course to dinner before grading?

This semester, I attended a seminar where the grade will be based on work turned in by attendees in about a month. The lecturer has set up a 'get-together' of all students in his home, where he will ...
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How does score normalization among different graders work? [closed]

In my university, in a class with several hundred students, there are teaching assistants who are assigned a small fraction of the students for assignments which they grade. I have heard that they ...
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Student continues to email me after I told him I would not regrade his paper. Do I need to reply?

I have a student who wrote a final paper for a class in a masters program. He was disappointed with his grade. His paper had extensive copying, so I had a zoom call with him explaining why that was a ...
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How many US institutions use letter-grades without + or - indications for GPA? [closed]

I'm currently reviewing graduate applications and had discussions with friends at Carnegie Mellon University. There, undergrad grades are assigned as A, B, C, with no + or - designations. Thus, a ...
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Is it appropriate to share the distribution of grades for a small class?

It is common practice to share a histogram of grades with a class after a quiz or exam. However, my institute has very small classes. This year I have 6 students in my class, and in previous years I ...
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What sort of professional boundary should I set with other students when I am a grader for a class I will be taking?

Next semester, I am going to take a course in which I have some background knowledge. Given the relevance of the course in my research, the lack of available students with sufficient knowledge in the ...
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Professor ignoring emails and not attending office hours

I recently received back an exam, and noticed after reviewing it a few days later a serious grading discrepancy. I sent my professor an email to confirm that he would be available in his next office ...
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My grade was penalized because of a technical problem. Who can I contact?

Last year, I did an exchange semester at a foreign university as part of my master degree. I was lagging behind on homework in one of my exchange courses, and wouldn't have been able to get a good ...
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I noticed an error in a graded exam during office hours. Should I give the student the lower grade?

You are a professor. A student comes to you with a question on an exam they have taken and received back. The student wrote 5 as the answer to a question, and they want to defend why 5 is a correct ...
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The lecturer supposed to grade my presentation fell asleep while I held it. Should I complain?

TLDR: I am attenting a seminar where the grade is based entirely on a talk I hold. The responsible lecturer fell asleep during the talk multiple times, and I am worried about my grade, feel insulted ...
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Is it acceptable to mark off or comment on someone's presentation based on their non-standard English accent?

I am working as a TA for a seminar course and class presentations are considered a significant part of the total mark for the course. Some of the students in the class — who mostly happen to be ...
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Grade changes with auto grader

If I use an auto-grading script and allow students to see their would-be grade based on the auto-grader, is it wrong to change their grades after the due date if I decide to change the auto-grader? I'...
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Professor Ignoring Emails RE disagreement over grading

I recently had a concussion. I got everything on paper signed by a doctor, and emailed my teachers immediately. During my medical absence, I missed a quiz. I emailed my teacher regarding making the ...
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Bologna Process - Equivalence note in European Supplement

I recently graduated from a MSc in Spain. When applying for PhD abroad I discovered the equivalence system in place in order to "translate" my grades here into a standard one, as part of the Bologna ...
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Best tool for digitally marking assignments? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good piece of software for marking digital (PDF) assignments. Specifically, I am marking a first-year mathematics course, and need to do the following for ...
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What would a good written policy for scaling exam grades look like?

I'm not in the habit of scaling exams, although I'm aware that the practice is widespread and highly recommended in some circles (such as grading on a curve). To my recollection, none of my college ...
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Should I intervene when a colleague in a different department makes students run laps as part of their grade?

Basic Premise Can a microbiology professor require students to run laps on the track during class for a grade, even if the class usually has no physical component to it? Background As part of my role ...

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