Grading exams: The staircase method

Daniel Solove, a law professor, offers A Guide to Grading Exams on Concurring Opinions. It starts with a stack of exam papers. Then comes the toss down the stairs, which provides a spread for the grading curve.

This is an example of a toss of considerable skill — obviously the result of years of practice.

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Solove believes the papers that travel the farthest deserve the highest grades because they obviously have more heft. But an outlier that requires the professor to walk too far should be downgraded to a B.

Is he joking? Yes, he is. Or so he writes.

Via Instapundit, who also is a law professor.

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