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Grading on a curve

  1. Jun 24, 2011 #1
    If all the exams have normal distribution will the average grades to student also be normal distributed?

    I have data on how many got which grade in every course I have taken, but I want to know how many have A, B, C,..,E average. The problem is that I don't know which student got which grade, but it is safe to assume that the students who got an A in course xxx are more likely to get an A in course yyyy than the students who got an E in course xxx.

    Is it possible to say something about the percentage who got A in average when you have the data I have?
    If 10 percent got A, 20 B, 30 C, 20 D, 10 E, on average will more/less than 20 percent have B average?

    English is not my native language so please ask if you do not understand the question.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2011
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  3. Jun 28, 2011 #2
    Anyone who knows how to go form course grades to the students average grades?
  4. Jul 11, 2011 #3
    There is no really good reason to expect that. The distribution of grades for many students in one course has to do with differences between the students. The distribution of grades for one student in many classes has to do with differences between the classes. The nature of differences between the students tells you nothing about differences between the classes.

    Not without more information (or making some assumptions). You expect, as you say, that there will be some correlation between grades for different courses. But the correlation won't be perfect. The answer to your question will depend on the correlation.
  5. Jul 11, 2011 #4
    Thanks I didn't think about that there are two different differences.

    I have only the grade-distribution for each class:-(
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