Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Legally Blind Grading, Take 3: Are Law Professors Given Too Much Latitude in Boosting or Docking Student Grades?
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Isn't your example driven by the very high percentage of Bs in the sample curve? Both your hypothetical students start out in the massive B range. This curve gives a student in the 40th percentile and a student in the 75th percentile the same grade (or, to sharpen the point, the 36th and the 79th) before class participation even enters the picture.
Posted by: James Grimmelmann | Mar 10, 2010 9:43:41 AM
James, as I said, my examples were a bit extreme. But assume a more spread out curve of A 10%; A- 15%; B+ 15%; B 35%; B- 15% C+ and below 10%. A student at about the 75th percentile can be bumped up to a B+, and a student at about the 40th percentile could still be bumped down to a B-.
Posted by: Colin Miller | Mar 10, 2010 10:31:36 AM