Should students be penalized due to Instructors Mistake ? - page 4

Yesterday students just found out that something was mis-keyed in the our first exam ( 6 weeks ago) so therefore some of us either lost or gained 1 point, and some people did not have any change. I... Read More

  1. by   jollydogg_RN
    Quote from CuriousMe
    You're right, there are cut offs for a reason. If they didn't get the question right, they shouldn't get points for it....there are cut off's for a reason. Seems to be the most fair thing in the world.
    in response to the OP.

    if the test was miskeyed and points were deducted when they got the answer correct. thats what im saying.

    obviously they shouldnt get points if they didnt get an answer right.
  2. by   CuriousMe
    Quote from jollydogg
    in response to the OP.

    if the test was miskeyed and points were deducted when they got the answer correct. thats what im saying.

    obviously they shouldnt get points if they didnt get an answer right.
    I read it the other way around....the test was mis-keyed, so folks who marked the wrong answer got credit and the folks who marked the right answer didn't get credit. This wasn't discovered for 6 weeks; when it was discovered and corrected...folks who marked the wrong answer, yet got credit were upset that they lost the point they earned for the wrong answer.
  3. by   jollydogg_RN
    Quote from CuriousMe
    I read it the other way around....the test was mis-keyed, so folks who marked the wrong answer got credit and the folks who marked the right answer didn't get credit. This wasn't discovered for 6 weeks; when it was discovered and corrected...folks who marked the wrong answer, yet got credit were upset that they lost the point they earned for the wrong answer.

    ok i misread it. like an idiot.

    sucks to be that one person who lost the point and failed. i was thinking someone who got the right answer but had it keyed wrong could have passed with the point added back.

    its the other way around.
  4. by   fiveofpeep
    one time our teacher's did something way shady. they curved about 4 questions on a 20 question exam for the first exam. then after the final (im assuming to change the class average) they threw out the initial curve so people's grades dropped...some from As to Bs or worse. The best part was that they didnt communicate it or own up to it. otherwise our instructors dont take away pts for their own mistake
  5. by   edowhitetop
    Instructors should be required to correct their mistakes. Back in the old days, when I attended a very small high school, one of my teachers asked me to grade some semester exams in a subject I had never taken and gave me a key to use. I discovered mistakes in the key and took a text book and corrected the key. When he questioned how I had spotted the mistakes, I told him that although I had not yet taken chemistry, I did do a lot of crossword puzzles and thus recognized errors in some of the chemical symbols.
  6. by   msnurse561
    In this case it isnt actually being penalized for the instructors mistake. It would have been the case if the instructor taught the wrong information. In this case it was just an error in the answer key. Im still in nursing school and I work as an Lpn. It is hard but as students we need to pass these test with more than a point. How would you any of us feel to go to a hospital and find out that our doctor or nurse passed school by just one point. Kinda seems like they got lucky and dont really know there information. In this case everyone got the grade they earned.
  7. by   angelfaceLPN
    Of course the student should fail if they missed the question whether or not the instructor keyed in the wrong answer. If a student is barely passing and that one point made the difference if they passed or failed in the program it is their own fault. There is only one best answer on a test and the ones who got one point taken off their exam total deserve to have it taken off if they were wrong. Why should it really matter if an instructor keyed in the wrong answer? Maybe those students who failed the program should have studied harder instead of whining harder.
  8. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    I think this thread subject was mislabeled. It should be, "Should students benefit due to instructor's mistake?" since that's what the OP is addressing... nobody's being penalized... they're whining because they're not benefitting.
  9. by   angelfaceLPN
    In addition to my previous response, I have another point to make. If in a clinical situation you gave the wrong medication or gave a medication to the wrong patient because your instructor erroneously told you to do so, you would be held liable for your mistake. Why should students be rewarded with extra points for incorrect questions in class so they can go along and pass a wrong med and potentially injure or even kill someone.
  10. by   J9G2008
    The students who failed did not fail by "1" point...they failed by lots of points over the course of the semester. When you live too close to the edge academically, sometimes you are going to fall over it.

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