Weighing grades

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  1. katbird324

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    Hi all.

    I'm a first year fourth grade teacher, and I am really stressing over report cards. The end of the quarter is coming (Friday!) and I am conerned about my grading. I have spoken with my teammates about how they do their grades, but I only leave the conversation more confused. I talked to my mentor, and she suggested weighing everything the same (homework-25%, quizzes-25%, tests-25%, classwork-25%). However, I have a hard time with this because I cannot bring myself to score a test the same as a homework, etc.

    To sum up -- how do you all do grading? If you use weighted percentages, how do you weigh each category?

    Thanks!!
     
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    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    During the course of this trimester, I'll be giving a total of 5 tests (we go September until Christmas.) During that same time period, I will have checked ballpark 35 homeworks and probably given 12 or so quizzes.

    In my school, it's
    1/3 tests
    1/3 quizzes and homeworks
    1/3 trimester exam

    I'm fine with that; it puts on test approximately equivalent to 2-3 quizzes or 7 or so homeworks.
     
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    Quiz - 100 % (or 1x)
    Test - 200% (or 2x)
    End of unit exam 300% (or 3x)
    Homework - only SS/Sci, every 2 lessons, or writing a paragraph ea. week - 100% (or 1x)
     
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    I count daily assignments once and major tests and projects twice.

    Some years I have used weighted percentages. The splits varied from year to year, but were usually something like this:

    50% daily grades, 50% major grades
    35% daily grades, 65% major grades

    Also, I found that even when each category was weighted the same, the major grades still counted for more, because there were fewer of them.
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    Wouldn't it have been prudent to let students know how you would be grading them before NOW?
     
  7. katbird324

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    Nevertheless...

    and thanks for the help.
     
  8. katbird324

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    Weights the same

    That's what my mentor was saying. She said she had played around with numbers a few years back and found that it didn't make too much of a difference. I'll have to look at that again. Thank you by the way.
     
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    Where I am my teachers have almost always done points, so that kids can easily figure out their own grade. For example, quizes = 25 points, tests = 100 points, homework = 15 points, and some add daily participation usually work 5 points a week...Then all the kids have to do is add them up and divide...

    1 Test = 89/100
    1 Quiz = 15/25
    1 HW = 15/15
    Total = 119/140

    Grade = 119/140 = 85% = B (here anyways)
     
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    I teach History and Algebra I. Our Algebra I grading policies are set by the department chair and the are: 60% tests 25% quizzes 15% homework.

    For my history classes the grading varies by level and course organization. For AP US History I do 20% tests 20% trimester exam 20% quizzes 20% classwork/projects 20% homework.
     
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    50% tests
    10% classwork
    40% homework/quizzes

    That could be good, some of my HS teachers did that.
     
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    I do total points, and sometimes I will make it worth more when I put it in the grade book (for example, spelling tests are graded out of 14 because there are 14 words, but I double it as 28 when I record it. It would confuse them if I did it on their papers, but it is recorded online that way for parents to see.
     
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    I should also add that within each catergory I assign grades as points earned/points total. This allows me to make some quizzes worth more than others, or some homeworks worth more than others. For example, in my Western Civlilzation I Honors class, last nights reading and taking notes was worth a 10 point homework grade, while tonights Comic Strip on the elements of Feudalism will be worth a 25 point homework grade as its more involved and they have until Monday to complete it.
     

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