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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Signing Off

I'll close my guest stint by musing on grading: what's the current sentiment on the A+? 

We don't have the A+ at OCU, presumably because of past abuse.  I see the abuse potential, sure, but doesn't a grading norm that awards the top student in the class (and only the top student) an A+ make sense?  It'd be a pretty easy way for a transcript reader to see excellence (and easy to explain on the transcript key).  No?

Many thanks to the Prawfs gang, as always, for having me.


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Doesn't the CALI award amount to an A+? I suppose I could give two CALI awards for the same class and call it a tie, although I never have.

Posted by: AnonProf | Jan 12, 2012 9:52:55 PM

I give an A+ rarely, and only if at least one of two criteria is met: (1) the student was head and shoulders above the rest of the class such that giving the student the same grade as the next-best performing students seems wholly inadequate, and/or (2) the student does incredibly well on the exam. I have, on occasion, given two students in the same class grades of A+

Posted by: Anon | Jan 12, 2012 3:57:53 PM

I use the A+ as a signal for booking the class, but more importantly, and therefore, less frequently, as: that exam was really quite impressive and instructive...

Posted by: Dan Markel | Jan 11, 2012 12:45:55 PM

Yes. I like the A+ in particular as a way to signal a student that "booked" the class.

Posted by: Jake Linford | Jan 11, 2012 12:02:06 PM

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