# Thread: a classroom teacher=?

1. ## a classroom teacher=?

This week my Advanced Placement students took their first tests. The questions were of the type they will confront on the May A.P. examinations. Most struggled. Students who are used to acing exams saw raw scores of less than 60 percent. As a classroom teacher, I can put this in perspective for them by showing them how they did without crushing their spirits. In other words, the raw percentage is not what I put into the computerized grade program. Let me explain why.
Hi!

Q1: What's a classroom teacher? Don't most teachers teach their students in the classroom except for gym teachers? I mean why the author put "classroom" here.

Q2: acing exams saw raw scores =?

Could you please rephrase it for me?

Many thanks!

2. ## Re: a classroom teacher=?

Originally Posted by thedaffodils
Hi!

Q1: What's a classroom teacher? Don't most teachers teach their students in the classroom except for gym teachers? I mean why the author put "classroom" here.

Q2: acing exams saw raw scores =?

Could you please rephrase it for me?

Many thanks!
Hi daff,

1. Not all teachers are classroom teachers. For example, some are on-line teachers (as we all are, at least when we are here). Others are full-time on-line teachers. Private teachers who teacher one or two students, perhaps at the student's home, are not classroom teachers either.
Generally, there are other places where one can teach apart from the classroom.

2. Students who are used to acing exams saw raw scores of less than 60 percent.
"Students who are used to acing exams". Acing something (a metaphor from tennis and elsewhere) means doing very well at something. So this mean "Students who are used to doing very well in exams ..."
"saw raw scores of less than 60%." "Raw scores" are scores that have not been converted into a grade, such as A, E, fail, Credit, or whatever system exists. A "raw score" is the actual mark given.
So:
"Students who are used to doing very well in exams are seeing (getting) scores of less than 60%". "Seeing" is confusing here. It simply means they are looking at their scores, and not liking what they are seeing.
60% is a low score for someone who is used to doing very well.

3. ## Re: a classroom teacher=?

Hello Raymott,

Thank you very much for your answers.

Originally Posted by Raymott
A "raw score" is the actual mark given.
I am still not clear about "raw score".

For example, in China, we adopt the score system of 100 to evalue a student's capacity in examinations. The top score is 100.

So if my compositon is given 60, is "60" a raw score?

4. ## Re: a classroom teacher=?

Originally Posted by thedaffodils
Hello Raymott,

Thank you very much for your answers.

I am still not clear about "raw score".

For example, in China, we adopt the score system of 100 to evalue a student's capacity in examinations. The top score is 100.

So if my compositon is given 60, is "60" a raw score?
Yes it is. At my university, that might get you a Credit, which is the official mark for that subject (in a Fail, Pass, Credit, Distinction, High Distinction system). "Credit" goes on your record (just as in an A, B, C, D, E, fail, system). You usually don't get your raw score for exams.
"Raw score" is a term used just to make it clear that it's not a grade or an average score, etc. When people do research, they gather data - that is "raw data", the actual first-line results. Later they sift it and average it, and perform statistics on it. When another researcher wants to check the results, they want to see the raw data - and that might be the actual pencil marks written by the researcher in the field - not even a typed up version. That's why it's called "raw"; nothing has been done to it.

5. ## Re: a classroom teacher=?

Raymott, thank you very much for your help again.

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