Course Mechanics

Hell's Bells! Not that question again! (and formulas for assigning grades)

During any given week at least half a dozen ideas for excellent blog topics flash through my mind, and that is generally the end of the matter right there.  Recently I came across a post on someone else's blog that was so good and so similar to my own thoughts on the subject that I decided I had to do something.  So I stole it.  No!  I am just "borrowing" the most relevant portions for this entry.

How to Curve an Exam and Assign Grades from Division by Zero

We have all given exams where the grades end up lower than we hoped. A curve is in order. How do we do it?

In this post I share my thoughts on when you should (or should not) curve an exam. I give ten sample curving techniques, including pros and cons of each, I explain how to convert grades into letter grades, and I end with three concrete examples.

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