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ERIC Number: EJ1136614
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Estimating a Missing Examination Score
Loui, Michael C.; Lin, Athena
Journal of College Science Teaching, v46 n4 p18-23 Mar 2017
In science and engineering courses, instructors administer multiple examinations as major assessments of students' learning. When a student is unable to take an exam, the instructor might estimate the missing exam score to calculate the student's course grade. Using exam score data from multiple offerings of two large courses at a public university, we compared the accuracy of four methods to estimate an exam score, including linear regression methods. To measure accuracy, we calculated the normalized root mean square error (NRMSE). We found that the NRMSE values for linear models with equal weights were close to the NRMSE values for ordinary least squares (OLS) regression models. For both the OLS and equal weight models, using normalized exam scores generally yielded more accurate estimates than using raw exam scores. The results indicate that instructors should use the equal weight model with normalized scores to estimate a missing exam score.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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