Drexel University

Pennoni Panels: The Pros & Cons of Grading on the Curve

Apr 21, 2022 03:30 – 5:00 pm EST

Drexel University

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Event Description
“The Curve” has been used as a grading tool for decades and has been particularly relied upon in STEM fields. Advocates for curved grading have noted its ability to minimize grade inflation and build competition between students who are pursuing highly competitive fields. Over the past decade, however, critics have decried this method, claiming that it does more harm than good. According to detractors, the competition fostered by curved grading discourages students from continuing in STEM fields and does not accurately measure core competencies. It also allows instructors to administer poorly designed tests that don’t reflect what has actually been taught. This panel will address the nature of grading in STEM and the utilization of curved grading in particular as it helps and hinders student success.
This event will be moderated by Erin McNamara Horvat – Senior Vice Provost, Faculty Advancement, Drexel University

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Panelists & Moderator

Susanna Brock

Director of Research and Development, COGx; Adjunct Professor, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University

Andrew F. Heckler

Professor, Department of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences, The Ohio State University

Anne-Barrie Hunter

Program Manager, Center for STEM Learning, University of Colorado Boulder

Gladys Fátima Márqueza

Executive Committee Member, National Education Association (NEA); Bilingual education teacher

James Thomas

Economist, Consumer Protection Division, Federal Trade Commission

Marissa Elena Thompson

Postdoctoral Fellow, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Erin McNamara Horvat

Senior Vice Provost, Faculty Advancement, Drexel University; Professor, School of Education