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Grading on a Curve

By Naturegirl321 @SharonTEFLTips

Grading on a Curve


At many universities in Korea grading on a curve or using a bell curve (relative grading) is the norm. Some schools do still do absolute grading. When talking to teachers and students you will find that there are good and bad things about grading on a curve. Here's a recent discussion about grading on a curve.
  • It's realistic: we're constantly measured up against other people.
  • It factors in the difficultly of the course: you can do poorly and get a good grade.
  • It creates a level playing field.
  • Grades are distributed evenly.

  • Only a certain number of people can get As even if everyone does well.
  • People are competing against their classmates.
  • The standards of the course may not be meet.
  • Scores are inflated: people don't deserve the high grades they get.

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