This wasn't to suggest that IGP grades this way, but it's just an example of not knowing what a passing grade was before the test. 


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Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:40 PM
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Subject: RE: ARMA IGP

I remember the occasional teachers/professors (back in the 70s and early 80s) who took grading "on the curve" pretty seriously.  They had some idea where they expected that most of us would be (the mean of a normal or Gaussian curve) and all grades were shifted linearly so that majority of students hit the expected "mean" and then individual grades in the tails were shifted up  or down  a bit such that about 68% of us fell within 1 standard deviation of the mean, 95% of us fell within 2 standard deviations, and 99% fell within 3 standard deviations. Roughly speaking the grades were already determined and the test assigned students to the grades. A passing grade on the test was determined by how the class performed. The obvious problem with this method is that a great class might need to get a 90% to pass while in a poor class, 40% might be enough to pass. The biggest losers would be the high scorers in a poor class. 

Douglas Nishimura
Image Permanence Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology

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