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Is this even ethical?
Old 01-30-2015, 06:13 PM
 
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Hi! If this needs to be moved to another board, please let me know.

I am a 2nd year teacher in a general education classroom. Of course I have a number of IEPs that I modify for and make accommodations. There is a situation that has occurred that makes me question the ethics of a grading situation.

In December there were final exams. Exams required by the school board. There is one student I modified the exam for and sent the exam to the sped teacher assigned. The student refused to take the final. We come back to school for the second semester and there is a 0 for the final, which will fail the student. Everyone panics at the failing grade. A week into the second semester, the prince tells me to hand over the final and the student will take it. The student takes the final (open book), with the SPED teacher modifying MORE on top of my modifications. The student failed the final. Today I was told to hand over the Key so the test can be regraded because they allowed the student to go back and correct the test, with my marks on the test. Now the Sped teacher is giving the student an A for the final.

Given I am the teacher of record, this bothers me because I feel this student hasn't really earned this grade. Is this grade inflation? Should I just let it go? I feel I have this constant pressure to pass students that refuse to even pick up a pencil or turn their work in. Today this situation really pushed me too far. Am I overreacting?


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This would bother me.
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I would have a conversation with the principal and then let it go. This does the student a major disservice, and doesn't do much for the school's reputation either.

If the final was out of range of the student's abilities, then additional modifications would be fine, including oral testing (think Michael Oher in the Blindside movie).

With that said, we often give students the opportunity to increase their grades in Math by making corrections on their math tests. Some don't bother, some do and increase their grade quite a bit.


If this bothers you as much as it would bother me, I would be job hunting to remove myself from that situation.

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Modifying a curriculum and grade don't guarantee the student to have an A. What it does do is changes the playing field.

Think of it this way: Accommodations level the playing field (the student is given a knee brace in a football game). Modifications change the playing field (instead of playing football, the play soccer).

If the student needed the modifications then they are changing the curriculum and the grade should indicate that the curriculum was modified. That is what should go on the student's records.
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Old 02-02-2015, 04:24 AM
 
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In answer to your question - no, I don't think you are overreacting by feeling uncomfortable with the situation.

I'm not opposed to test corrections in themselves, because I do think end learning is more important than grades. But I don't think an F to an A is fair. There should be a limit of how "well" you can do on a second (or really third, in this case) try.

That said, it's really on the principal, not you. Like teabreak said, mark it "curriculum modified" and move on.

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I agree with you here and would raise the point with the principal, but there isn't much you can do in many systems if the orders are coming down from the top.

There is logic behind modifying, but this certainly seems like it was taken too far and that an A was undeserved, but sometimes teachers have to swallow this "injustice" if larger forces move against them.


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I feel you, in fact the local large city district around here got in trouble for passing kids who didn't deserve it.

I know in my previous job at a middle school I was still at fault for failing kids with IEP even though I gave study guides with keys they could take home, many of the same exact questions on the study guide were on the test, they had two multiple choice options on the test instead of four, they got to chose two of five short answer questions instead of doing all five, and the test was read to them. If the principal asked me to provide the answer key to the test, when they already could take the answer key to the short answer home and given them an A I would have died a little.

If they recieved modifications and not accommodations that should have been listed in their IEP at a glance and they should have had a special ed teacher make them early in the year, not at last minute. A gen Ed teacher should not be making modifications, that's an intervention specialist's job.
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Why bother having a final exam at all then?
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I'm with you and it makes me wonder why the district wants to bother having an "exam" at all. What exactly is the exam measuring?
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