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Grading questions ask how to properly, effectively, and fairly assign grades to assignments/exams/quizzes.

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How to grade a flipped class to improve participation and attendance

A flipped service course for me is an arrangement where videos are online and on-campus class time is used for problem solving by students. I usually have a homework due date the day after the ...
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Is there a mathematics core assessment rubric?

Many universities in USA ask their faculty to perform a "core assessment" where they evaluate (typically) freshman students, near the end of semester, on their understanding of the courses ...
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Is it a good idea to give partial points in grading

When grading problems on quizzes and exams, I often break them down into sub-problems, each worth a portion of the total points. I use rubrics to award partial credit for each sub-problem. However, ...
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Seeking Advice on Incorporating Online Discussions into Course Grading

I've been utilizing edstem.org for facilitating math and logistics discussions in my course. Its support for LaTeX and hand-drawn illustrations has been convenient. Typically, students post questions, ...
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What is important to keep in mind in grading proof-based courses?

I am an undergraduate grader at my institution where I have been entrusted with grading a section of an undergraduate analysis course; it's usual for this role to be offered exclusively to graduate ...
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Adjusting a Bonus Points System to More Equitably Benefit Struggling Students

I am a mathematics professor seeking advice on refining my grading system for future courses. I currently employ a bonus points system intended to provide a catch-up mechanism for students who may be ...
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Is there a fair way to increase the grade of students who did not do well in exams?

How can I fairly compensate a student who showed passion and dedication for my undergraduate course but performed poorly on the final exam, without unfairly advantaging them over other students? ...
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Point Deductions - Exams and Quizzes

With regard to an undergraduate statistics course, I am developing a standardized list of point deductions with the TAs (doctoral students) so that graders are consistent in what they are taking off ...
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What value is there in requiring students to answer word problems in complete sentences?

This is related to my previous question What value is there in requiring students to declare the dimensions of an answer when it is already clear from context? , but with a different focus. A sizeable ...
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When is the best time to return a graded assessment?

I teach high school Pre-Calculus. In an effort to make my lessons more efficient time-wise, one area I think I can improve is choosing the right time to return graded assessments to my students (that ...
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What should I do if students did very poorly in the mid-term exam?

In the linear algebra course I taught, I have three exams. In the first exam, which is probably too hard, students did poorly. So many students said they have lost confidence. To encourage them, I ...
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How should I grade true-or-false questions if the student's writing is unclear?

See the attached image: I am having a difficult time grading this paper as I am not sure if the student intentionally wrote the answers in such a way that each answer looks like both "T" (...
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What is the right feedback for incorrect cancellation?

Here are three "cancellations" seen during algebra simplification, two of which are invalid. (1) $\frac{x + 6}{6} = \frac{x+6\hspace-1.2ex\diagup}{6\hspace-1.2ex\diagup} = x$ (2) $\frac{6x ...
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Peter Liljedahl "Thinking Classroom" pedagogy: what is evidence for its effectiveness?

Peter Liljedahl discusses a lot about "thinking classrooms". There is research and books, which show, that his methods transform classes from "non-thinking" to "thinking"....
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How to grade group project or group assignment?

I am writing a syllabus for a statistics course which I will teach next year. My plan includes a group project for students. To reflect the contributions of each students, I want to grade the project ...
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How do you handle the frustration of having to GRADE student exams / homework?

A math student may write very long and detailed answers, just because he or she does not know what to look for, for example in Geometry proofs. Or - a student may just write an arbitrary step without ...
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Curving grades without creating competition among students [closed]

I've recently taken a new position within a math department at a large university. The department has an official policy that in most lower-level undergraduate classes (let's say anything in the ...
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Grading in a way that lets students have a good and formative experience

This fall, I'll be a reader (i.e. homework grader) for the first time, and the course is a second-level linear algebra course, which is likely the first proof-based course most of the students will ...
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asynchronous teaching and requiring frequent email updates from students, and having these as the only part of their grade

Due to the COVID pandemic, classes at my school (small public liberal arts college) will be all online. I've chosen to try teaching asynchronously (via pre-made video lectures) starting next week. I ...
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How must the "ungrading" idea be adapted to work in a math class?

After seeing no direct responses to this question, I'll instead be more direct myself. Ungrading is a buzzword being tossed about for assessing students' progress without focusing on quantitative ...
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What are some resources for "ungrading" in a math class?

Most of the stuff I'm finding online about ungrading are either general descriptions of its virtues, or personal accounts from instructors from subjects other than math. Does anyone know any resources ...
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Interesting things you learned while grading?

What are some interesting mathematical things you have learned while grading student work (or marking, if you prefer)? It is final exams time here, so if anyone can help cast a more positive light on ...
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Does the "Find" in questions such as "Find the solution" imply the process of finding must be laid out?

I am currently marking a set of math assignment at university, and I am wondering about the following general point: in a question such as "Find the solutions to the equation $x^2 - 3 = 0$", does the ...
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Do you have an efficient way to view student responses to remote assignments allowing them to type math symbols and steps? (Middle + High school)

Asking for a friend, this seems generally useful given #distanceLearning right now. Below is her message in a quote block followed by my response. I am using Google Classroom, G-sheets, G-Docs, G-...
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When assigning a late penalty for assignments is that penalty subtracted from the total or does it reduce the score by that percentage

When assigning a late penalty for assignments, is that penalty subtracted from the total or does it reduce the student's score by that percentage. Ex: Assignment is worth 10 points and the late ...
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What effect does giving numerical or written grades have on learning?

When I was in school, pupils were given numerical grades, or the equivalent of numerical grades but disguised as words, on their performance in various school subjects and also behaviour. A key ...
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What is the best way to assign letter grades in a math class?

Here's the most common way that I've seen letter grades assigned in undergrad math courses. At the end of the semester, the professor: 1) computes the raw score (based on homework, quizzes, and tests) ...
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Should homework be graded in an undergraduate math course?

It seems like the internet has made it very difficult to prevent cheating -- simply looking up the solutions to textbook problems -- on undergraduate math homework. So there is a danger that grading ...
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Effective Assessment that's Easy to Grade

A colleague of mine will be teaching 3 classes (pre-calculus and two sections of calculus, at the university level) next semester with an additional grader in only one of those classes (pre-calculus). ...
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Making solutions to all problems freely available

I teach at a community college, almost all physics but also a math course now and then. My current practice is that I assign homework worth a very small number of points (1 point per problem, as ...
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Experimental results about the variability of grades on a math exam

"[Myth] that exams are objectively graded. Daniel Stark and Edward Elliot sent two English essays to 200 high school teachers for grading. They got back 142 grades. For one paper, the grades ranged ...
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Grading a limit problem

In an exam we have Question (5points) find $\lim_{x\to\infty}(x-\sqrt{x})$. A student answered: $\lim_{x\to\infty}(x-\sqrt{x}) =\lim \sqrt{x}(\sqrt{x}-1)=\infty \cdot\infty=\infty$. My question is:...
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Marking PDF Files [closed]

I'm trying to find a program, or set of programs, that will allow easy markup of student assignments submitted as PDFs. I'd like to include more complicated math with this markup. I've tried pen ...
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Continuous evaluation/Participation points

European universities are running the so called "Bologna plan" which includes the recommendation of keeping some percentage of the final grades to be filled with various activities during the lessons ...
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How much credit for a single arithmetic mistake?

A question related to this one, on an equivalent problem on a community-college College Algebra exam. In the prior question most readers observed the error as a critical conceptual issue. Now consider ...
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How much credit to give a short exam question with one error?

In comments here there seemed to be significant difference of opinion on how much credit to give to a short exam question with a single critical error in it. Consider the example of student work ...
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How should I deal well-known versus the obvious rubric?

I happen to be a student in America taking AP Calculus BC, or Calculus II, and recently, I had the following problem: Determine whether the following integral converges and evaluate it if it does: $$\...
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Separating the roles of "teacher" and "assessor"

Teachers at the university level (at least what I've seen in the US) are responsible for both teaching students the material for a course, and assessing the students' understanding of the course ...
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Efficient ways to grade proof-based math courses

My school employs undergradates graders for most of the undergraduate math courses, and this year I have been tasked with grading an intro to proof-based linear algebra course. This is students' ...
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Grading a Simple Rounding Exercise

A student is given the question: "Round off each of the following numbers, correct to two significant figures. 32.4892 8.2673 475.98 0.078625" There are two marks for each. If a student answers ...
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being a good marker as a TA

I'm a new graduate student, and am currently TAing a calculus II class (which covers primarily integration). At my university this involves both marking assignments and leading tutoring sessions. ...
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How do you incorporate the results from a final exam into evidence of learning in a valid and justifiable way (i.e. grade determination)?

How do you incorporate the results from a final exam into evidence of learning in a valid and justifiable way (i.e. grade determination)? This question is open to all education levels. What is your ...
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Is there any research on the value of extra credit in the college mathematics classroom?

After teaching mathematics for a year, where in each class I had opportunities for my students to earn extra credit, I am reflecting on whether this has any value. The reason why I am questioning ...
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Benefits of students grading each other's (or their own) homework or quizzes?

I was wondering if there is any benefit to having undergraduate students swap homework and quizzes and grading them, with solutions that I provide. I was thinking it might be helpful for them to ...
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How do you assign a grade to a proof?

This question is very similar to one I posed two years ago: How to assign grades to proofs: what do(es) theliterature/experts suggest? I would like to ask the more general question of: what do you ...
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Rubric for grading an undergraduate real analysis course

I find it extremely time consuming to grade a homework in an undergraduate real analysis course without a rubric. Several instructors I worked with did not have a clear rubric in their mind at all. ...
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Marking dyslexic mathematical writing

In the context of an undergraduate class focused on proof-writing, a small change in what is written donw can make a big difference to the meaning. Are there any guidelines in use on how to mark such ...
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As a TA, how to reduce imprecise notations/statements in students' exams

I'm not a course instructor, just a TA of the first quarter calculus course who lead discussion sections and grade exams. When grading the midterm, I found large number of students showed some ...
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Is there some standard method to measure the difficulty level of mathematics problems?

First off I apologize if this question comes out to be off-topic. I wasn't sure whether to post it on MSE or here. Lately I gave an exam named SSC-CGL. This exam is conducted every year in India for ...
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How do I grade long calculations in a mathematics exam in a fair way?

I am currently grading a problem in an exam on analysis for mathematics students. One subtask is to calculate a certain integral (The resulting term has to be as simple as possible.). For this part I ...
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