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My son is a straight A student. Last week he gets a 60 on a mid-term in reading. When we question the teacher she informs us that the test was a "mid-term evaluation test prepared by the school district which measures a students ability to read and comprehend a passage and demonstrate that comprehension by answering questions" My question is, Should this grade count as a regular test score and be factored into his overall class grade? Assessment tests are usually independent of class grades, no?

2013-01-24
Tom Quinn
 

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Grade
Doctor
says:

Assessment tests are usually independent of class grades, no?
It varies based on the content and purpose of the tests
Should this grade count as a regular test score and be factored into his overall class grade?
If the test was aligned with what had been taught and any preparatory (formative)
assessments I see no problem with this type of test being include in grades. However, an
important principle that should be taken into consideration in this case is that anomalous
scores should not be used, so if your son normally gets A's he should be reassessed to see
if the test was accurate or not indicative of his real level of achievement.

 

 

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