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From: Gary Rice <frogstarr@compuserve.com>
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 1998071121:51:23
Subject: Curving Tests & Retaking Tests

Dear Cindy,

I teach Algebra courses as well, and also find myself curving tests.
I don't employ the square root method you mentioned; however, I take
the highest amount of points attained, and take it out of that amount. 
For example, if a student scored 45 points out of a possible 50, I will 
take all of the scores out of 45 possible.  That may sound old fashioned, 
but it seems to be fair. I agree with your reasons for curving. 

My question for you is this: You mentioned that you allow your
students to retake their tests. What rationale do you use for that? 

Gary Rice


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