Questions tagged [grading]

Queries pertaining to the process of determining suitable grades for coursework. This tag is NOT appropriate for queries about interpreting or improving grades.

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Realizing I should have graded more harshly at the end of the class

It's my first time teaching a college class as an instructor. My grade breakdown is as follows: Worksheets 15% Lab attendance and participation 15% Homework 40% Final Exam 30% Discussion forum 3% ...
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What are advantages and disadvantages of "chapter abstracts" [closed]

What are advantages and disadvantages (totally not implying that there is a rule) of "chapter abstracts", i.e., short summaries of the content of the following chapter, which are placed ...
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Is it ethical for lecturers to give marks based on another criteria other than the one they prescribed?

Is it ethical for a lecturer to give all students in their class full marks for a module when they have not assessed the quality of the assessments? In one class, students were told they would be ...
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Is a professor allowed to take off points for an assignment they messed up?

This is my final week in this class and our final project included an essay, presentation, and discussion board responses to the presentations. This is an online class so we depend on the availability ...
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As an evaluator in mathematics, how should I grade responses that answer the question asked, but in less detail than desired?

I want to know whether there is a need for responding to students who ask for points/marks by arguing that they only answered the question that was asked., a.k.a "literalism". So, I am ...
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Being undermined as a TA over grading

I have marked several writing assignments for this course and the grade grubbing from this cohort was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced as a TA. The primary instructor and I were given a heads up ...
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Should I give an extra credit assignment to a student who failed to drop the course on time?

I am currently teaching an elective course for undergraduate students in the College of Business, at a university located in Hong Kong. Students who choose to take the course can use the course as one ...
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Is it ethical to assign problem sets and not tell students which subset of problems will be graded?

It is common practice to have a homework strategy as follows: a professor might assign N homework problems but only have some random sub-set of those problems graded. This is motivated by a large ...
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Student gives two different answers to one exam question, one right and one wrong. How should I mark/grade this?

I am marking an exam for a course I tutor. One student has given two answers for a particular question in the exam – one answer is fully correct, while the other is completely wrong. Each answer has ...
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What useful teaching/administrative practices do lecturers disclose as additions to the course outline?

There have been a few answers and comments on this site where lecturers have noted some useful practices they implement in their teaching, which they disclose in the course outline. Usually this ...
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Gradescope automatic match of pages to problems

I used Gradescope with the Instructor upload setting for a paper-based exam that was scanned in bulk. I included a template of the exam with name, ID, and problem regions specified. The exams scanned ...
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Is it normal for students to ask for summary statistics of exam grades?

I'm a tutor for a university course that has just had a midterm exam marked and returned to the students. One of the students emailed me asking for summary statistics of the midterm exam: the maximum ...
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Group Versus Individual Assignments

Every spring (including the spring about to start), I teach an honors course that normally has an enrollment of about 25, with 15 to 20 of those coming from the top few percent of our students and the ...
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As an inexperienced thesis supervisor, how can you guarantee fair grading?

Being a PhD student, I just finished supervising my first masters thesis. Now I have to assess and grade it. While I have a grading template provided by the university (listing the different aspects ...
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Amount of Grading Done By Professors at Teaching-Focused Universities [closed]

In the future, I'm thinking about applying for tenure-track positions in Computer Science at teaching/undergraduate focused institutions. The kinds of places that usually have 3-3 teaching loads and ...
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Reference request: Student-selected grading schemes?

I am interested in student learning. However, because I work in a university system, I generally need to assign a grade (A through F) to the students' work. So I need to assess student learning. I ...
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Best grading statistics

I am fresh at teaching computer science. For this subject, students must write an exam. Are there any statistics beyond avg, median, max, min points which you can recommend calculating? Furthermore, ...
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Is there a polite way to help students improve their English, or should I not try?

I am a foreigner that learnt English as his third language. And I make mistakes all the time as a result. In general I like it when people correct me because I get to improve my English, which is ...
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What is it called in academia when a teacher grades low scoring students more leniently than those who score well?

For example, in a classroom, if a group of students score 45%, the teacher tries to help these students by allowing them to take a second attempt exam. At the same time, a student with 70% can't ...
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MS or PhD with publication records?

I have an above-average undergraduate GPA (7.5/10.0, top 20% of my class), but it is not exceptional. I have top scores in all my labs, but my written test scores are all over the place. However, I do ...
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Missed online exam, Is there anything I can do?

Prior to this morning, there was no indication that the exam would only be at a specific time window. Nothing on the syllabus, class schedule, calendar, announcements.... I could go on. Nada- nothing ...
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Grading Answers during a Self-Study [closed]

I have recently begun self-studying Complex Variables An Introduction by Dr. Berenstein and Dr. Gay from the Springer-Verlag series in graduate maths. Unlike my experience with undergraduate texts, ...
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Is it mandatory for some students to fail in an exam using relative grading? [duplicate]

I am seeing the relative grading structure of few of the institutions. The formula they follow for grading is as follows. For a large batch of students: they take the final marks of students ...
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How to discourage constant queries for re-evaluation of answer scripts

I do not know if this is one of the unpleasant consequences of online classes. Here is a typical scenario that plays out: Students take an exam. They complain if it is a multiple choice question or ...
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Do the students have a right to know the name and quealifications of the person that marks their work? [closed]

A student hands in his coursework. When he gets it back, the comments on the paper are incorrectly stating that the student exceeded the word count (they didn't). They are also incorrect on specific ...
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Should I change a graduate class grade to pass/fail? Will it harm my PHD applications?

I am an MS student in machine learning just finished my first semester at a U.S. university, and I plan to apply to PhD programs in computer science in electrical engineering or operations research ...
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How to proceed when a professor's timekeeping error hurts my course grade?

My professor had said the midterm was 2.5 hours. This was told by all the students for weeks. The midterm comes, and there is no countdown for when submission is required, thus meaning the midterm is ...
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Will university marks/qualifications obtained during the pandemic largely through online assessment hold reduced value as we progress back to normal?

Do you think when we reach a point where students/graduates can be separated into pre-covid, during covid, post-covid, that the world - for the purposes of postgraduate admissions, employment - will ...
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How is grading by curve fair at all? Are there any arguments in favor of it?

Per definition, grading by a curve usually means that the students are assigned grades based on the statistical distribution of the test/exam results. No matter what, say 20% of students will always ...
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How to give feedback to students after bad grades

I realize that I have some difficulty giving feedback to students when they have expected to have a good grade and/or they have invested a lot of time. My impression is that there is a trade-off ...
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Do I have any legal right to fair grading by my university? (UK)

I have recently been given a 0 for one of my online exams at university due to technical difficulties that meant I was unable to submit the exam before the end of exam time. Unfortunately this was ...
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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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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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How do you respond when students submit the wrong assignment, but you only notice after the deadline has passed?

I occasionally get students who submit their assignments, but I only notice that they've submitted the wrong assignment when I begin grading. I can think of three possibilities to explain this: They ...
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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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