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Published on December 10, 2007

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Evaluation & Assessment:  Evaluation & Assessment 10/31/06 Typical Point Breakdown:  Typical Point Breakdown COURSE GRADES: Grades will be assigned on the basis of 450 points, distributed as follows: Midterm Examination I: 100 points Midterm Examination II: 100 points Graded Homework and/or Quizzes: 100 points Final Examination: 150 points Midterm Exams:  Midterm Exams Mid-semester exams – 75 min Regular exam (6:30-7:45pm) Conflict exam (5:05-6:20pm) Make up exam takes place one day after the regular (6:30-7:45pm) Midterm Exams (Conflicts & Make-ups):  Midterm Exams (Conflicts & Make-ups) Students must sign up in 104 McAllister for any exam other than the regular Student should have a valid excuse to take the make-up otherwise 20% will be taken off the exam score University-approved activities: field trips, debate trips, choir trips, athletic events, religious holidays Conflict exam is at instructor’s discretion Final Exam:  Final Exam December 18 - 21, 2006 – 110 min Schedule announced midway through semester Two conflicts: direct (two final exams scheduled at the same time) overload (three or more final exams scheduled in a 15-hour block of time from the beginning of the first exam to the beginning of the third exam) Students with conflicts are required to file for a conflict exam with the Office of the Registrar by the deadline No make up. Only emergency cases (verified deaths in the family, or medical verification, etc.) are acceptable excuses. A deferred grade should be submitted Exams Checklist (Start of Semester):  Exams Checklist (Start of Semester) UG Office will provide each instructor with a listing of the evening examination dates on the first day of classes Locations announced at a later date http://www.math.psu.edu/UG/Fall2006/rptEveningExams.pdf The students must be notified of the evening exam schedule during the first week of the semester This information typically goes on your syllabus Exams Checklist (Writing Exams):  Exams Checklist (Writing Exams) The following exams are written by the department (with the exception of the Summer term): 017, 021, 022, 026, 041, 140, 140A, 141 All other exams are written by the instructors of that course under the supervision of the course coordinator You may be asked to: Write exam questions Type the exam Proofread the exam Writing Exams:  Writing Exams Begin writing any exam EARLY It can take up to 4 weeks to choose questions, type, proofread, revise, and print the exam Writing Exams (Choosing questions):  Writing Exams (Choosing questions) Talk to the course coordinator about the format of the exam Look at old exams for ideas on question length, wording, difficulty, etc… www.math.psu.edu/UG/InformationAboutMathCourses.htm Use familiar questions: Sample exams In-Class questions Textbook Don’t write questions which can be understood; write questions which cannot be misunderstood! Writing Exams (Revising):  Writing Exams (Revising) Revising Work through all questions checking for accuracy and appropriateness of questions Respect your colleagues' work when revising TIME, TIME, TIME Exams Checklist (Week of the Exam):  Exams Checklist (Week of the Exam) Practice exams (either prepared by the instructor or exams from previous semesters) Distribute copies of the practice exams at least one week prior the exam date and discuss it in class Extra Office Hours Night Review http://www.math.psu.edu/UG/reservations.htm Exams Checklist (Day of the Exam):  Exams Checklist (Day of the Exam) Pick up the exam in 104 McAllister from Julie Office closes at 5pm Proctoring Show up 15 to 20 minutes early to your exam room Grading The multiple choice portions are graded by scantron Partial credit problems are graded by the instructors often immediately following the exams Homework:  Homework Assigning and collecting You can assign a standard homework from the textbook or employ your own problems Most commonly homework is collected around a week after it was assigned Grading You will most likely be assigned a grader You are welcome to grade your homework yourself if you prefer You can have all problems checked or some specific problems, sometimes undisclosed in advance Quizzes:  Quizzes Usually instructors give a quiz during the last 15 minutes of class They are most often short answer questions although multiple choice is also used Problem types are typically homework problems, with occasionally definition and/or concept questions Most instructors tend to grade their own quizzes Announced vs. pop-quizzes Other assessments:  Other assessments Monitoring class attendance In-class problems Projects Reading assignments Homework vs. Quizzes:  Homework vs. Quizzes Main points to consider: Benefits to the students Time Grading:  Grading Try to maintain uniform criteria for your grading policies Students should know how many points each assignment is worth before they turn it in You may want to drop a few weakest quizzes/ homeworks or allow students to make some fixed number of assignments up or give an extra credit assignment Advise your students that no separate curve for each individual assessment will be implemented; there might be a global curve at the end of the semester though Extra-credit & Late work:  Extra-credit & Late work Extra-credit Extra credit, bonus points or optional problems are all good motivations for students to do extra work The number of extra credit points should not exceed 5% of the total number of points in the syllabus You may want to use it do determine the student's grade if it falls on the borderline Late work Your late work policy should be on your syllabus Remember to maintain a uniform late policy! Grading (Revisited):  Grading (Revisited) Uniform grading policy Homework, quiz averages Group grading Final grade cut-offs Student Evaluations:  Student Evaluations GTAs who teach a class are required to obtain two student evaluations during each semester: Mid-semester student evaluations (computer-scored) Each GTA receives the results of this evaluation via email shortly after the evaluations are given End-of-semester evaluations (2 open-ended questions) GTAs may not see these evaluations until after grades have been assigned for the course Each GTA should ask Becky for a copy of the written evaluations These copies are normally distributed at the beginning of the next semester

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