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Outstanding Questions from Dr. Guskey’s meeting with Region One Parents and Community

Outstanding Questions from Dr. Guskey’s meeting with Region One Parents and Community
Thursday, August 30, 2018
 
Note: These are the questions that Dr. Guskey was able to address since our meeting with him. He felt he was not able to answer any questions specific to Region One policies and curriculum.
 
Q: We don’t have exams final or mid-term. Using your son’s example of scoring a perfect grade-if grading an exam isn’t the way to adequately assess a student-why was the AP exam the basis of your son’s grade?
 
A: The AP exam was NOT a basis of my son’s grade.  He received high scores on the teacher’s exams but because he was missing so many homework assignments, he received a course grade of C. The solution would have been to offer separate grades for achievement and non-achievement factors.
 
Q: What about subject awards for 1 or 2 students at the middle school level? Here is an example - “Best exemplifies excellence in math”.
 
A: Better to set rigorous criteria identifying excellent performance, similar to the cum laude status used in colleges and universities, and then recognize ALL students who meet those criteria.
 
Q: If colleges are not applying the same ideas we are, for example, allowing students to take assessments until they demonstrate proficiency, are we doing a disservice to our students? Will college be a rude awakening?
 
A: By this reasoning, knowing that students will face poor teaching when they go to a college or university, we should teach them poorly in high school?  Or might the best preparation for college and university instruction we can offer students is to ensure they learn excellently what we teach them in high school.
 
Q: The two studies you created in the beginning, how many grades/papers fell between the first standard deviations between 50% and 96%?
 
A:Here are the citations.  You may look them up.
 
Starch, D., & Elliott, E. C. (1912). Reliability of the grading of high school work in English. School Review, 20, 442-457.
Starch, D., & Elliott, E. C. (1913). Reliability of the grading of high school work in mathematics. School Review, 21, 254-259.
 
Q: In my children’s experiences in applying to college, GPA is still asked for. I believe it is still included on the common app. Select programs within colleges still require a certain GPA to apply to those programs within the college (our experience). How do colleges determine differences between different applicants? How do colleges determine differences between different applicants?
 
A:Here is a useful reference:
 
National Association for College Admission Counseling (2017). The state of college admission report. Arlington, VA: Author. Available at: https://www.nacacnet.org/news--publications/publications/state-of-college-admission/
 
Tom
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Thomas R. Guskey
Professor Emeritus
University of Kentucky

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