August 10, 2006

I'm grading on a bell curve, don't know when I'll be back again

Slowly realizing how unbelievably ignorant I am about grading and related issues, I went on a short trip and discovered these  two articles that discuss grading on a bell curve. The second one is particularly interesting, as it uses this quote from Einstein (or rather a sign he had in his office) :
 Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts
and includes a discussion of summative versus formative assessments.

For the mathematically challenged like me there are these  two articles that explain how grading on a bell curve is done. The first gives the general idea, the second is a tutorial on how to calculate standard deviation using Microsoft Excel.

2 comments:

EFL Geek said...

Fortunately at my school all I do is plug in what I have decided the grades should be and the university server curves them for me.

JH said...

Great resources.
Thanks