ERIC Number: EJ700625
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan-1
Reference Count: 11
Grade Dropping: An Empirical Analysis
Journal of Economic Education, v35 n1 p24 Win 2004
It is a popular practice among college professors to drop the lowest component grade in computing the course grade. A benefit of this practice is the elimination of the need to evaluate excuses or administer make-up exams. The author uses data from a controlled experiment to examine the impact of such a policy on student behavior and course performance. The policy was found to have no significant impact on the decision to miss an exam or to "write off" an exam. However, performance on a comprehensive final exam was negatively and significantly affected by such a policy. In short, significant costs were identified that would offset the benefits of a grade-dropping policy.
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Students, Microeconomics, Student Motivation, Student Behavior, Academic Achievement, Grading, Grades (Scholastic), Educational Policy
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A