ERIC Number: EJ1024651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
The Impact of Assessment Policy on Learning: Replacement Exams or Grade Dropping
MacDermott, Raymond J.
Journal of Economic Education, v44 n4 p364-371 2013
Instructors often debate the merits of alternate grading policies such as dropping the lowest exam or offering an additional exam to replace the lowest score. To date, there has been little research conducted on the impact of these policies on performance. In this study, the author investigates student performance in intermediate macroeconomics over three semesters at a small Eastern college. In each semester, a different assessment policy was applied: Count all three in-term exams; drop the lowest of three exams; offer an additional exam to replace the lowest in-term exam score. Contrary to previous research and conventional wisdom, the author finds that allowing students to drop their lowest grade improved performance on a cumulative final exam, while offering a replacement test had no significant effects.
Descriptors: Economics Education, Grading, Academic Achievement, Performance, Policy, Student Evaluation, Tests, Undergraduate Students, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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