## Tests in my Mastery Based Class

*August 16, 2011 at 10:45 am* *
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As I mentioned yesterday, I am experimenting with a new teaching/grading style in my intermediate algebra class. I am incorporating elements of mastery learning, inverted classrooms, and game design to this course. Here’s hor the grading goes for each unit/exam.

I have defined satisfactory homework performance to mean a minimum score on each MyMathLab homework assignment of 90%.

I have defined satisfactory quiz performance to mean a minimum score on each MyMathLab quiz of 70%.

Students can earn between 0 and 3 points on each unit/exam.

A student earns 3 points if the student has satisfactory homework and quiz scores and scores 80% or better on the chapter exam.

A student earns 2 points if the student has satisfactory homework and quiz scores and scores between 70% and 79% on the chapter exam.

There are 2 ways a student can earn 1 point.

- The student lacks satisfactory homework or quiz scores but still scores at least 70% on the chapter exam.
- The student with satisfactory homework and quiz scores failed the original chapter exam, but passed a retake the next week with a score of 70% or better.

There are 3 ways a student can earn 0 points.

- The student failed the original chapter exam and has unsatisfactory homework or quiz scores, making the student ineligible for a retake.
- The student failed the original chapter exam, had satisfactory homework and quiz scores, but also failed the retake the next week.
- The student failed the original chapter exam, had satisfactory homework and quiz scores, but chose not to retake the exam.

Students can also earn up to 8 unannounced points for exhibiting positive student behaviors (attendance, participation, …) and for participating in final review activities.

The final exam is worth 100 points.

Students need 76 points to earn a C, 88 to earn a B, and 100 points to earn an A.

I will also be giving students who earn 3 points on an exam a token, which they can use for an unsatisfactory homework or quiz score. Students can also save these tokens and apply them for bigger rewards like 1 free problem on eam, etc.

Crossing my fingers and hoping for success …

– George

*I am a math instructor at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA. If there’s a particular topic you’d like me to address, or if you have a question or a comment, please let me know. You can reach me through the contact page on my website – http://georgewoodbury.com.*

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