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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Curving test scores

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From: Gary Rice

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 1998071122:51:23
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? Thanks. Gary Rice

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