Feedback: Castle Learning

Your scores for the two batches of Castle Learning exercises that closed on Monday, June 3, are now on Infinite Campus. Here are the exercises and dates assigned:

RegP Task 3 Literary Terms Practice #1 04/30/13
RegP Task 3 Literary Terms Practice #2 04/30/13
RegP Task 3 Literary Terms Practice #3 04/30/13
RegP Task 3 Passage Comp. P #1: Life Changes 04/30/13
RegP Task 3 Passage Comp. P #3: Parent Expec. 04/30/13
RegP Task 3 Passage Comp. P#2: Childhood Lessons 04/30/13
RegP Task 3 Post-Test: School Memories 04/30/13
RegP Task 3 Pre-Test: Reaching Beyond Oneself 04/30/13
12RC: Autobiography P#1: Wonderful Stevie 05/28/13
12RC: Autobiography P#2: Little Richard 05/28/13
12RC: Nonfiction Passage P#2: Flu Epidemic 1918 05/28/13
12RC: Nonfiction Passage Post-Test: Baseball Fans 05/28/13
12RC: Poem/Passage P#2: Transitions 05/28/13
12RC: Poem/Passage Post-Test: Accomplishments 05/28/13

The first eight were practice for both the final exam and the Regents Exam; the last six also work for both exams, but were primarily designed as practice over the week before Monday. You received a final, holistic score based on two baseline figures:

  • Completion, including how long you spent on each exercise
  • Percentage correct, with full credit for getting it right on the second try

Your completion scores included penalties for spending six minutes or fewer on any individual assignment. The logic ought to be obvious: It takes at least ten minutes to read two passages thoroughly and answer ten multiple-choice questions carefully. I spotted you four minutes below that. Anything faster, and you weren’t using these Castle exercises to review and study the material. You were speeding through just to get it done. That’s not following directions.

Regardless, you weren’t given a simple average of your completion and percentage correct. For too many of you, this would have led to scores in the 30s and 40s. Instead, your overall performance was converted to a holistic measure, using the same ten-point scale we’ve used on pretty much everything. Take the rubric for your last essay, ignore the prompt at the top, and you can see how the scale that was used. Again (and I’m going to put this in bold to make sure you see it), this is not an average of your completion and percentage scores. It is a holistic conversion. This helped more than 90% of you earn a higher grade.

Any further questions should be emailed to me. If you want to sit down and go through exactly how everything was calculated, make an appointment, and I will walk you through the process.

Don’t forget that you now have a practice Regents Exam to do through Castle Learning; it’s due by the end of the day next Monday, and you’ll need to complete all of it to receive full credit. Take your time, go slowly, and don’t rush.

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