June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.1099.1 - 24.1099.10
Standards-Based Grading in a Fluid Mechanics CourseAbstractStandards based grading is a formal assessment mechanism that tests for student achievement ofspecified learning objectives, or standards. Standards-Based-Grading has been gaining inpopularity in K-12 education, and also has been seeing increased use in higher education. Withincreased pressure from ABET to measure achievement of student outcomes, Standards-BasedGrading provides a method to do that within the traditional course setting without having togenerate a separate set of data outside the normal course grading. In Standards-Based Gradingstudents are allowed to re-test on particular objectives, with the newest score replacing the olderone in the gradebook. This paper describes how Standards-Based Grading was implemented in ajunior-level fluid mechanics course that included both lecture and laboratory components. A totalof nine learning objectives were specified for the course. These learning objectives are: calculatefluid thrust forces, calculate aerodynamic forces, solve pipe flow problems, select a pump for asystem, select a flowmeter for a system, write a computer program to solve transient fluidsproblems, write a professional quality lab report, acquire and analyze laboratory data, and be avaluable member of team that successfully completes a project. The learning objectives can bemapped to ABET student outcomes. In this implementation of Standards-Based Grading, allassessments are done on a pass-fail basis. That is to say, there is no partial credit given. Once astudent passes an assessment, usually given in the form of a quiz, on a given learning objective,it is assumed the student has mastered that concept and is not tested on it again. The final examserves as a last chance for students to pass any objectives they did not complete earlier in thesemester. Student achievement of the learning objectives is compared to that in previoussemesters where a traditional grading scheme was used, and grade distributions are alsocompared.
Post, S. L. (2014, June), Standards-Based Grading in a Fluid Mechanics Course Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23032
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