How do I fairly assign partial credit?
November 2, 2010 6:06 PM Subscribe
How do I assign partial credit consistently?
I teach in a university statistics department. My exams tend to consist of a relatively small number of relatively complicated problems, and I like this style. As a result I give partial credit on exam questions.
And on the last exam I gave I had some students who believed they didn't get enough partial credit. It turned out, when I reviewed their exams, that they were right, and I gave them some points back.
But I don't want to make these mistakes! I have a rubric where I say "if student does X, give Y points" but students often do certain steps of the problem partially right, so get part of that Y... and I want to be consistent, but it's very difficult to keep track of who did what.
And on a related note, how do I make sure the students believe I'm fair in assigning partial credit? This is different than actually being fair - even if I am fair, some students will inevitably think that they got cheated. And I don't want the bitterness that that causes.