Short Assessment Grading: Add or Average?

Long assessments can waste precious class time unless there is much material to be assessed, but shorter assessments (with few questions) can cause small errors to have too big an impact on a student’s grade. For example, consider the following assessment lengths where each question is worth 4 points, and the student has a total…… Continue reading Short Assessment Grading: Add or Average?

Unintended Consequences of a 0 – 100 Grading System

Grading using a “percentage of points received” approach can be very discouraging for students and may not fairly reflect a student’s abilities. Assigning either a letter grade or a 4.0 scale grade to each problem, then averaging seems more fair and less discouraging to students who have yet to master topics.