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ERIC Number: ED137782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Towards Uniformity in Grading Standards.
Bay, Libby; McCulloch, Elizabeth
To study grading standards and consistency within the English department, 1600 freshmen at Rockland Community College were asked to complete a uniform exit essay at the end of English 101. After developing criteria for grading the papers, members of the department marked their own papers and one other set. Eight months later, 240 of the papers were regraded by the original instructor, in order to assess self-consistency in marking. Comparison of final grades, essay grades assigned by the instructor, and essay grades assigned by the disinterested marker suggested that there was a general consistency in grading throughout the department; the papers that were regraded eight months later showed a similar consistency for individual staff members. The exit essay experiment was felt to have been worthwhile, in part because of the cooperative effort involved in carrying it through. This led to an awareness of what the department grading standards were, of the extent to which they were being followed, and of the way in which individual grading policies compared with those of colleagues. (AA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New York State English Council (26th, October 15-17, 1976)