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ERIC Number: ED034543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 3
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An Evaluation of Mid-Semester Deficiency Grading Practices.
Creamer, Don G.
In certain colleges, mid-semester Deficiency Reports were issued on the assumption that marginal students (those with a D or F after nine weeks of class) should be alerted to the danger of failure. In spring 1969, a study was made to see if those who received the reports made better final grades than those who did not. Of those judged in danger at mid-term, one-half (the control group) were selected at random to receive the reports; the other half (the experimental group) were sent no notice. At the end of term, a random sample was taken from each group and final grades compared. Those with a W, WF, or WP were excluded. The two groups were further divided into those receiving a D or F and an average final grade was computed for each. An F Test was applied to the distribution of the final grades of both groups to see if significant differences existed in the variances of the two groups. None were found for those with a F at mid-term. For those with a D, however, the average final grade for the experimental group was significantly higher than for the control group. In summary, it was shown that, for those with a mid-term F grade, the report made no difference, but, for those with a mid-term D, it made a great difference. It may be concluded that the notice discouraged the marginal student from doing his best and deprived him of motivation to achieve a higher grade. After this study, the use of Deficiency Reports was discontinued. Other colleges may wish to re-examine their own similar grading practices. (HH)
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Identifiers - Location: Texas