« on: January 19, 2008, 09:21:53 AM »
I'm afraid I don't understand the kerfluffle over this either. Fine, so there's no mandatory curve. I know of a class where there's regularly an 8-pt spread between the highest grade and the lowest grade - grading clusters are not at all uncommon in classes where the raw material isn't that difficult and the main distinction between exams is how sophisticated the arguments are. (That, incidentally, is the whole point of the curve - to translate a grading clusterfuck into an intelligible, if totally subjective and somewhat meaningless distribution.) And this isn't middle school, where 85% is automatically going to be tied to a B+. Dunno, just seems like a lot of indignation over something that's unfortunate, but not necessarily unfair.