Grading Question

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Registered: 06-14-2003
Grading Question
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Wed, 07-14-2004 - 2:39pm
I am working on my classroom policies and procedures. I am trying to decide how to weight the grades. I will teaching high school social studies (World History, Civics & Economics). There will be major tests, quizzes, homework, classwork, and notebook checks. I was thinking about grouping homework, classwork, and the notebook checks together. If I decide on a major project for the semester, the project will equal a major test. How would you weight everything?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Julie

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Wed, 07-14-2004 - 9:16pm

I never weight anything. I use points and just add them up. I don't weight because some students excel in one area and struggle in another. Tests are the best example. Some kids aren't test takers. They work hard and do great on daily assignments, but blow the tests.

Sherry

 

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Registered: 01-06-2000
Wed, 07-14-2004 - 11:12pm
I think no matter what you do, there is a weighting involved in your system.

Is everything out of the same number of points?

For example if a test is out of 100, and a homework check is out of 100 also the homework is going to end up counting a lot more than the tests over a marking period (assuming there are more homework assignments than tests).

But if a test is out of 100 points, and homework is say out of 10 - - in effect the test is weighted 10 times more than a single homework assignment.

If you just add up the points, and divide by the total number of points, items with more points are definitely weighted more strongly than those with lesser number of points.

If everything is recorded as a percentage grade and averaged - then small items are weighted equally with large items and carry more weight than they might warrant.

Hmm...it's late - hope that makes sense.

Sara

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Registered: 08-10-1999
Tue, 07-20-2004 - 1:07pm
I used to weight by categories - 30% tests, etc. but I found that it really skewed my grades when I'd have a quarter where I ran out of time to finish everything or if there were crazy weeks where I missed a lot of class time because of assemblies, etc. For example, if you only get in 2 tests and the kid was sick or whatever and failed one, there's no way to make up for it by working hard in other areas (like homework) if it's only 10% of the grade. I found the categories were fine for the over acheivers, but the struggling kids found it to be impossible to do well.

So now I just do total points and then at the end of the quarter I add up what's earned and divide by total possible. That way, I can add a smaller test/big quiz or extra credit at the end and not worry about which category to put it in.

Andrea

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Tue, 07-20-2004 - 7:18pm

Andrea: I agree and have had similar experiences.

Sherry