Tag Archives: Summative 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

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Law of Cosines: An Honors Precalculus Assessment Question

Background Last semester, I formally assessed my honors precalculus students via summative assessments fourteen times: ten quizzes, three tests, and one final exam.  Informal formative assessments occurred frequently and varied over time.  Formal formative assessments occurred once to twice weekly … Continue reading

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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

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