It seems we were just talking about grades and here we are at the conclusion of the first semester! Hard to believe that we are now at the midway point of the 2016/2017 school year.
As we come into semester exams week, I have run my current S1 reports which factor Q1 and Q2 but don’t have a semester exam calculated in.
Computer Science I
As you can see, the grades in Computer Science for S1 led to a double-hump camel and not a nice bell curve. While we have a nice spike in the 80’s (42.85%), we have another smaller spike in the 50’s (14.28%).
Currently, this class has failure rate of 21.43%. Hopefully, the semester exam will be enough to pull some of those failures up to passes.
Principles of Technology
As you can see here, the grades don’t give us a nice bell, but there is no double-hump. At present, 44% of the students in the class are holding an “A” for the semester.
Currently, the class has a failure rate of 4%.
Robotics & Automation
As you can see here, the grades give us a nice bell, but it spikes in the 90’s. At present, 72% of the students in the class are holding an “A” for the semester with 38% of those holding a 100%.
Currently, this class has a 0% failure rate!
Business Information Management I
As you can see, all of these classes have a heavy shift to the A’s with 71% of all students enrolled. Just under 22% of students are evenly split between B’s and C’s.
Currently, all BIM classes together have just over a 7% failure rate for the semester.
We just wrapped-up our first league meet of the FIRST Tech Challenge 2016/2017 season!
The Citrine League has 8 teams who are committed to participating in the 2016/2017 season coming from Erath (2 teams), Tarrant (2 teams), Dallas (1 team), Ellis (1 team), and Kaufman (2 teams) counties.
At the meet, we had 6 teams show with 1 team having to forfeit just before we got started.
Following 7 rounds of matches in the Velocity Vortex game of the season, FTC 11242 (Ferris High School) came out in 2nd place for the meet.
As this was the first meet of the season, the meet results are the current season rankings as well.
At the end of the day, the rankings broke-out as follows:
1st Place – FTC 9609 (Kaufman High School) 10 QP / 47 RP
2nd Place – FTC 11242 (Ferris High School) 4 QP / 56 RP
3rd Place – FTC 9402 (Henderson Junior High School) 4 QP / 47 RP
4th Place – FTC 9403 (Henderson Junior High School) 4 QP / 42 RP
5th Place – FTC 127 (Ben Barber Career/Tech Academy) 2 QP / 56 RP
Unranked teams include the following:
FTC 9408 (Kaufman High School) 0 QP / 0 RP
FTC 9582 (DeSoto High School) 0 QP / 0 RP
FTC 11085 (Mansfield High School) 0 QP / 0 RP
All-in-all, the team and robot performed exceptionally well. I am very thankful for the volunteers who assisted me with successfully pulling this meet off.
It’s once again that time. It’s time for progress reports. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been asked by my students if they can lose their eligibility or can only re-gain it at this progress check. As a UIL coach, I have to say that’s not filling me with a lot of confidence as we come into the proverbial home-stretch of the semester.
For the record, students can only lose eligibility at a report card (each 9-weeks) and at the state-mandated 6-week grade check that is obviously 6-weeks into the start of the school year.
This progress check, I also began to adjust grades to be in alignment with the campus policies for grade distribution. In the graphs below, the blue represents the original (uncurved) grades for the grading period and the red represents the modified (curved) grades for the grading period.
The first cluster is percentage of A’s, the second cluster is percentage of B’s, the third cluster is percentage of C’s, and the final cluster is percentage of F’s.
While it appears that some classes tremendously benefited from the modifications (e.g. Computer Science I) and other received little benefit (e.g. BIM – All Sections), remember that you are looking at percentages and not actual numbers.
At the time of this writing, my current enrollment numbers are as follows:
Computer Science I – 14 Students (1 Section)
Principles of Technology – 25 Students (1 Section)
Robotics & Automation – 18 Students (1 Section)
Business Information Management I – 83 Students (4 Sections)
As you can see, in some of the classes, an adjustment to the grades of 2 students can reflect as a major grade shift in some classes (e.g. 14% in Computer Science I) and a minor grade shift in other classes (e.g. 2% in BIM – All Sections).