Friday, December 23, 2005

grades, grades, and more grading

I signed a confidentiality agreement, so I can't reveal anything specific about what I'm doing, but grosso modo it involves test rating. Students at Smoo must all take and pass a certain English exam to graduate. Criteria for passing vary from department to department. Most students skew to the mid-range of the test, in true bell curve fashion. I listen to sound samples of student speech and also rate student writing samples. While it's tempting to slap some of the more egregious utterances on the blog, I'm legally bound not to. To aid your imagination, refer to this post, which will give you an idea of what I'm hearing.

OK... break's over-- back to grading. We're behind schedule; Lord Vader won't be pleased.


1 comment:

Kevin Kim said...

Yeah; we're grading Multimedia-assisted Tests of English (MATE). This is a standardized test and is subject to some of the same legal controls associated with the tests produced by ETS in Princeton.

Boy, that Dr. Hwang is going down the test tubes, eh? I've tried to give him the benefit of the doubt, but it's not looking good for him. The simplest way for him to clear his name would be for an international team to look over his notes and then do the cloning exactly according to whatever procedures he and his team had laid out. If this hypothetical team is able to produce results similar to Hwang's, he'd be a lot closer to absolution. But as things stand, he appears to be in deep shit.