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Do your schools adjust students' grades?

 
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Glenski



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Location: Hokkaido, JAPAN

PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2003 10:28 pm    Post subject: Do your schools adjust students' grades? Reply with quote

Just curious about other high school teachers who have information on the way their administration gives grades. I have seen cases where a foreign teacher submits grades for a class, but the admininstration says there were too many high or too many low grades, and then made a mathematical "adjustment" so there would be the "right number" in each group.

Anyone else see this? I am particularly interested in high school experiences.

I copied this from my identical post in another forum here. Didn't get any responses from teachers in Japan,so I thought I'd focus more.
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Brooks



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2003 5:13 am    Post subject: grades Reply with quote

Where I teach I can`t give grades for each class.
I work at a private high school in western Tokyo.
In my jiyukenkyu I can, and in the oral communication classes for the 11th and 12 graders I can.
But for the 11th graders that I see only once a week I cannot.
The other days they have a Japanese English teacher, and he can grade them. My class is to give certain high level students oral communication practice. Students are considered to be high level if they do well on the chukan or kimatsu, and the tests tend to focus on grammar, reading, and vocabulary exclusively.

I see some tenth graders twice a week, and before I could not grade them. However, my boss wanted to know what kind of grades I would give them, so I told him, but he only considered them if they were lower than the grades the Japanese English teacher intended to give them.
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G Cthulhu



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2003 4:48 am    Post subject: Re: grades Reply with quote

Brooks wrote:
Where I teach I can`t give grades for each class.
I work at a private high school in western Tokyo.
In my jiyukenkyu I can, and in the oral communication classes for the 11th and 12 graders I can.



What's an "11th grader"?! Use the Japanese terms, not US terms!


Anyway, at my school (and others in the prefecure) we're *required* to scale grades across the school and classes to make the average mark 65%. Some fairly complex cross-marking (using standardised tests) between schools goes on to drive the schools into a bell curve and allow the schools to be ranked too. For OC I determine the mark, for the other classes I go to I mark pre-set sections only - usually about 30% of the possible final raw mark.

I have somewhat mixed feelings about this, but have come to agree with the underlying ideas driving it, if not the particular implementation and extent to which they do it.
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