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When students talk about "grading on the curve," how does that apply to the normal distribution?

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Grading on the curve refers to grading each student based on where that student stands relative to all others in the same section, and giving the same distribution of grades to all sections of the same class. The term "curve" refers to the bell curve, usually to the normal distribution curve.

When a professor grades on a curve, the mean score of the class is calculated and that becomes the center (high point) of the bell ...

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When dealing with college education one could argue that overall grades received by students follow a normal distribution or bell curve. Hence, grading on a curve (the standard bell curve or normal distribution) might be fair and mirror the overall trend of the student population.

Do you think that this approach is fair?

Does grading on a curve make sense?


NOTE; Colleges and universities do check the distribution of their grades. usually, the mean and standard deviation are recorded. Hence, all the discussion about grade inflation.

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