FYC Diagnostic

I am using the AP Language and Composition question that I graded this summer for the diagnostic essay in my first year composition course. It is easier to grade than another, since I have experience grading 2000+ this summer.

Based on my last year’s courses, I was expecting to have a few (maybe as many as ten) from my two classes with high scores.

Now, this is somewhat unfair as an expectation, since if they received a high score, they could have placed out of the class. Since I had many last year, though, I did expect it.

This semester no one made above a 6 (out of 9). The students had an hour, rather than 40 minutes, and most wrote under two pages. I was not impressed.

Of course, had they made a high score, I would be hard pressed to be able to explain to them why they were still in the course, so I suppose it is reasonable that they did not.

Now, however, I have to figure out how to give them their diagnostic grades without making them give up on the semester already. I was not expecting that.

Anyone have any magic words of wisdom for me?

I plan to hand the students back their papers and ask them to grade their own, after showing them the scoring guidelines and some sample high scoring papers.

I also plan to reiterate that this diagnostic was created for testing out of fyc, which these students did not do.

2 thoughts on “FYC Diagnostic”

  1. Dr. Davis, just found your blog. Very informative. I’ve enjoyed exploring a number of your entries. Can you tell me the AP prompt you used for this assignment? Thanks.

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