My daughter entered college in August after attending a private (college preparatory) high school. She has goals that most of those she attends college with haven't yet taken the time to consider (most of her fellow classmates are just wondering when the next party will take place and when the next break will be.) My daughter has had to go the extra mile sometimes and work harder than most, but I'm so proud to say that she never gave up her dream, her main goal ...to learn and to keep achieving. She's always gave 110%, trying to be the absolute very best that she can be. Although she had five days off for fall break this past week and returned to college this past Monday, she worked her butt off about 90% of the time on her college assignments. When she returned to college, she had a test in Psychology (her favorite class), which she's interested in pursuing as a major. There were some questions that were on the test that she studied very hard for and she got correct (extra credit). Because of that, the Professor curved the grade because so many students made such low grades (20's, 30's) to her high score. Those students who missed the regular questions didn't even attempt the extra credit questions. My daughter's final grade on the test was a 76 because those extra questions were omitted and the grade was curved. She should have made a 90 +.
Some questions I have are... Is this right? Should a teacher/professor curve grades?
What about those who choose to study, be in college for all the right reasons, yet are shot down by a grade based on "Joe Blow's" bad performance? So is it right that Joe Blow decided to have 100% leisiure time, not study one iota and everyone's grade is altered according to my daughter's exceptional grade?
My daughter is writing to her professor in a very respectful way and questioning her test grade.
Whether it is Grade School or College, my question to you is...
Should grades be curved? If so, When and Why?
Thanks! I appreciate your input. Maybe it will help me explain things to my daughter. She's a little disgruntled and confused right now.