Wednesday, March 24, 2021

A Small Error

About a week into this English long-term, I got an email from one of the school's counselors. The freshmen had done a 100-point essay with the previous sub. A girl had questioned her grade. 

She got an 85. Alas, in the gradebook, it was listed as 0.85.

That's quite the typo. 

It was an easy fix. And her grade jumped from an F to a B or something. (They haven't had many assignments, so it was a majority of her grade.) 

I wasn't sure why she felt the need to go through her counselor, though. Clearly that was input wrong.

Then last week another student contacted me. He had gotten a 10 on something, but it was in the gradebook as 0.10. 

At least this time he went directly to me. And again, it was an easy fix.

So, now I wonder. How many other grades did a decimal get accidentally inserted before the score? 

I'm not terribly tempted to go and look. It would take me a while to go through all the grades in all the periods. They should be checking their grades anyway, right? 

15 comments:

  1. Glad both were easy fixes at least.

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  2. Yes, they should be checking their grades. Glad it's an easy fix.

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    1. They should be. Not all of them are, however.

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  3. Unless they think they did poorly, then they might just accept the grade.

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    1. Yeah, but a decimal? Not even a 1? That's clearly wrong.

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  4. Oh man, I would have had a heart attack at a 0.85. But in my experience, asking a teacher about a bad grade hasn't generally gone well.

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  5. Yes, I would have checked. With someone. Not sure, with my shyness, I would have necessarily gone right to the teacher - it would have depended on my relationship with him/her (although they were generally good, there were a couple of exceptions I remember well.)

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    1. But keep in mind that we're still doing distance learning. All they have to do is shoot me an email. They don't actually have to talk to me.

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  6. I am unsure why she went to the counsellor but maybe she is very shy and feels intimidated easily plus she may be seeing the counsellor on a regular basis?? Glad they got fixed but, knowing me, I probably would go back and double check.

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    1. She can check it now. I definitely changed it.

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  7. Of course, such slips can occur. But since it has happened to two students, is that some system issue? But you are right, the kids should check the grade they got, and there wasn't any need to go to the counsellor.

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