Tag Archives: Educational assessment

An Algorithm for Assigning End-of-Semester Letter Grades

Assigning mandated end-of-semester letter grades to students is non-trivial. [1]  I refuse to constrain myself to a simple, cumulative percent score that automatically sets my students’ grades.  In my opinion, the accuracy as well as the precision implied in many quantitatively represented scores grossly … Continue reading

Posted in Assessments, Mathematical Proficiency | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Short-term Memory vs. Understanding

Background As I explained towards the end of my latest post, Measures of Math Lab Learning Outcomes, students in my math lab course were provided the answers to their spring final exam the day before their final.   There were several … Continue reading

Posted in Assessments, Curriculum, Mathematical Proficiency, Pedagogy | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Why do we fail so many students?

This will be one of my shortest posts yet.  It is New Year’s Eve, and I plan to spend the remaining 2 hours until the New Year with my family, and away from my MacBook. However, I feel compelled to … Continue reading

Posted in Assessments, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments