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sweet
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 Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 11:53 am    Post subject: Grading Papers Im new to all the homeschool stuff but Im gonna start it within next month or so, and Im wondering what i would do to grade papers if I wanted to use the school system with a's and b's. How would I calculate that? ex: 5 out of 20 wrong = ?
Ramona
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 Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 2:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Grading Papers 5 out of 20 wrong = 75% correct, which is usually a C. You divide 5.00 by 20. The answer is .25 or 25% wrong. Depending on your grading scale, maybe 90-100% = A 80-89% = B 70-79% = C 60-69% = D 0-59% = F HTH, Ramona
Theodore
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 Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 5:00 pm    Post subject: Hmm, isn't 69 usually the F cut-off? A-D are generally compressed a bit tighter than that, at least in my experience._________________
momo3boys
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 Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 8:37 am    Post subject: that's how it was in High school for me. anything below a 60 was an F._________________Phi 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
seven
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 Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 11:00 am    Post subject: i think it really depends on the school or perhaps more on location, timeframe, stuff like that....when i was in school, anything above a 50% was a pass, below 50% was a fail....
Ramona
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Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:45 am    Post subject:

 Theodore wrote: isn't 69 usually the F cut-off? A-D are generally compressed a bit tighter

That's why I said, "depending on your grading scale." When I was very young I was in a place where A was 93-100%, and so on. But throughout most of my life the scale I used above was the most common one.

Ramona
elliemaejune
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Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:03 am    Post subject:

 Theodore wrote: Hmm, isn't 69 usually the F cut-off? A-D are generally compressed a bit tighter than that, at least in my experience.

Virginia, as an example, has the higher scale--93-100=A, etc; California has the lower scale: 91-100=A, 81-90=B, 71-80=C, 61-70=D, below 61=Fail. IOW, there isn't a universal scale.

Of course, California high schools give 10 credits per year per course instead of 1; it must be part of wanting the students to feel good about themselves, lol.
Theodore
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 Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:57 pm    Post subject: I guess the courses I've taken were just more strict in their grading requirements._________________
ncmom
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Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:21 am    Post subject:

 Quote: Hmm, isn't 69 usually the F cut-off? A-D are generally compressed a bit tighter than that, at least in my experience.

When I was in school anything below a 69 was an F, but that was when they still gave F's. The schools around me now give E's. Apparently F's hurt the kids feelings out here. The schools I went to used a 7pt grading scale, but that was in the Midwest near STL. Last time I checked they still used that scale in the schools where I grew up.

 Quote: Im new to all the homeschool stuff but Im gonna start it within next month or so, and Im wondering what i would do to grade papers if I wanted to use the school system with a's and b's. How would I calculate that? ex: 5 out of 20 wrong = ?

I think you are going to get a whole list of ways to grade. Everyone has their own method. What I do is divide the number correct by the total number. So for example, if the paper had 32 problems and they missed 7 then I would divide 25/32 which would give them a 78%. I have a grade book that then averages my grades for me and I simply print it off every few months so their father can see their grades.

Hope you find a method that works for you.
knobren
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Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 10:39 am    Post subject: Re: Grading Papers

 Ramona wrote: 5 out of 20 wrong = 75% correct, which is usually a C. You divide 5.00 by 20. The answer is .25 or 25% wrong. Depending on your grading scale, maybe 90-100% = A 80-89% = B 70-79% = C 60-69% = D 0-59% = F HTH, Ramona

This is the scale that I use in my college classes. However, where I went to high school, and I think college, too, we didn't have Ds. Anything below 69.5% was an F. It still seems strange to me that someone can "pass" a course having only learned (or turned in enough homework for, attended enough labs, etc.) 60% of the material they were exposed to.

Since you have more time to redo materials until your kids really get it, I would expect that they would probably earn higher grades. In formal classrooms, it can be difficult to slow down long enough for everyone to catch up without losing the interest of the kids who pick things up faster.
Of course, just like formal instructors, you might worry about balancing breadth of topics versus depth. "If I slow down maybe they will retain more, but then they won't be exposed to as many topics." We all battle with that one!
Shari Nielsen
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