SCORES OF BOTH TESTS ARE AVERAGED.
That means a first-test score of
71 and a retake-test score of 96 averages to 83.5%, which I
will round up to 84%. There are some variations to this,
however. Please read these:
if a student does really poorly the first time, such as 38%, it
normally be almost impossible to get an average above D, so I
temporarily raise the first test score to 60% only for the
purpose of averaging. EXAMPLE: a
student who earns 38% for a first-test then
learns it much better and earns 94% on the retake-test will then
final score of 77%, C (that's the average of 60 and 94).
student may retake a test regardless of the score, but I will
final averaged score at 90%, A-. EXAMPLE: a student who earns
86% on the first-test then earns 100% on the retake-test will
final score of 90%, A-, not the actual average of 93.
retake test is meant to help students' scores, NEVER to hurt
score. Thus, if they do worse on the retake test, they
score does NOT
go down. They get to keep the original score since it is
the retake test's score. Example: a student scores
62%, D on the first test, but only 54%, F on the retake
average would be 58%, F, but since I won't use a retake score
lower then the first test, the original 62% score will stay in
book and is the final score. NOTE: there is only one retake
test, so if a student scores lower on the retake test, the
used up the one opportunity to raise the score.
If a student earned a
20% penalty for not taking the test on time, that 20% penalty
applies to the retake test also. EXAMPLE: a student who earns 74% on the
first-test actually really earns 54%. I will count that
54% as 60% for averaging (following policy 1 above). If
the student then earns 98% on the retake-test, that score is
lowered to 78%, and then the 78% and 60% are averaged together
for a final score of 69%, D. Obviously, it does not pay
to take a test late in my class (unless there is a true
emergency; parents can talk to me when there's an emergency
and I'll waive the penalty).