Grades...

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Grades...
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Wed, 10-05-2005 - 11:35pm

Do you make sure your grades fall in a bell curve?

My curve is a little off (I still have one last quiz to add in, but a 10 pt quiz won't make that much difference). I have the most Bs, followed by Fs, Cs, Ds, then As. So, it's like LOW, then VERY HIGH, then down a bit, then down some more, then UP.

Alysha


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Registered: 03-24-2003
In reply to: alygator
Thu, 10-06-2005 - 2:15pm

No way! I believe that you teach for mastery and understanding. If you prepare well, teach with great plans, follow through and provide the students opportunities for learning

Sherry

 

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In reply to: alygator
Thu, 10-06-2005 - 5:07pm

Thanks, I agree! My grades show mastery & WORK. I was worried that the school, which something had been mentioned to me about the bell curve at interim time, would not be happy with the situation. I brought it up with the curriculum coordinator today, and she said just to take a look at the chunk of As, Bs, & Cs, then the chunk of Ds & Fs. If I have more As, Bs, & Cs (which I do) than Ds & Fs, then I am ok.

Alysha


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Registered: 03-24-2003
In reply to: alygator
Thu, 10-06-2005 - 5:42pm

Isn't it interesting that so many still think grades and test score are a true, accurate indicators of actual learning and understanding? If you had a horrible class that never did a thing and

Sherry

 

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Registered: 03-25-2003
In reply to: alygator
Thu, 10-06-2005 - 8:13pm

Test scores as accurate indicators....JUST had a "parent" conference today (it was actually the custodial aunt & uncle...the uncle is also in the first year assessment program with me so I had met him before), and this student's grades are up & down. Her homework (participation..I grade for completeness not correctness) and alternative assessments were all above average (A), but her test scores were below (Ds & Fs). But because she CAN do the work on alternative assignments (like the recipe conversion project...fractions/decimals/percents, and the sales ad to find AND EXPLAIN IN WORDS how they did it...a sales price from a percent discount), her grades average out and she has a C in my class.

Alysha


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Registered: 04-27-2003
In reply to: alygator
Fri, 10-07-2005 - 2:57pm

I don't grade on the curve - the marks they earn are the marks they get. I've never understood the need to have a certain distribution of marks...sometimes you get a really bright group of students with more A's than anything else, and other times you'll get a group of low-achievers & mostly C's & D's.

Angela