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Grading on a Curve

- According to my pre-service teachers' responses in their learning journals, "grading on a curve" is the following: when the students do poorly on an exam, you add the same amount to every score -- enough to raise the highest score to 100%.

- To me, this procedure they describe is better known as "changing the grades." Or, at best, "scaling the grades."

- The textbook has a paragraph about "grading on a curve," explaining how in a large class the grades are often normally distributed and how the boundaries between letter grades may be determined from the mean and the standard deviation. There is also a chart and a graph to further illustrate the point.

- Even if I'm a bad instructor, they should be able to do problems that involve nothing other than paraphrasing material from the textbook.

- Few students submitted revisions to the probability problems in their learning journals. Journal problems are scored on a 0/1/2 scale, but they may be resubmitted for a higher score (within 3 weeks of the original submission). Friday was the deadline for resubmitting the probability problems for a higher score.

- Did I mention that they wanted me to curve the grades on the test they all failed?