Controversy over baccalaureate grades, authoritatively raised

There are hundreds of teachers who have to testify for two days. Their grades in the baccalaureate specialty tests were revised upwards without asking their opinion. † My grades steadily increased. I had an original average of 11.3 on my copy package. The average was raised to 12.5. The worst mark was 5, it is now 7/20. It’s outrageous! “, testifies to Marianne a history teacher. † All my grades got a point. So what’s the point of correcting? another teacher wondered. The dissatisfaction is growing all the more because this little mess of notes is now accessible through the ministry’s online copy correction platform: Santorin. The association of history teachers, the Clionautes, was the first to express its displeasure. † According to numerous verified and verified sources, this platform has allowed to increase all the averages of the test at the academies of Versailles, Paris, Créteil, among others ‘, the association states.

Decision “opaque and arbitrary”

The teachers who made the correction had the great surprise, when they wanted their personal information to record their ratings, to find that their ratings had changed “We have repeatedly expressed our concerns about the organization of this baccalaureate”, but we could never have imagined that the privilege of scoring could be questioned by a sovereign jury, again in a totally opaque and arbitrary way “The association denounces a nonchalance.” with regard to their evaluation functions Admittedly, teachers recognize that in the age of paper copies, it was common for oral instructions to be given during harmonization meetings, tending towards more or less benevolence, asking the correctors to get closer to the academic average. But ” this was the responsibility of the teachers while in the case that concerns us it is a simply arbitrary decision taken without any transparency

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For the Ministry of National Education, these are ” grade feedback however, are not automatic: The same happened as every year, that is, a group of corrective coordinators examined all the grades assigned discipline by discipline for the specialties to make sure there was no difference. » Discrepancies related to the fact that one marker would be more heavily marked than the other or discrepancies related to the difficulty of the subjects, which may vary from day to day. † That there can be differences in appreciation between teachers, that there are subjects that are more difficult than others, is normal, and to correct for these variations we have harmonizations on a minority of the specimens that allow to say at the end that a candidate was treated the same as another “, we explain to the general direction of school affairs.

Greater visibility of the correction

what’s new” it is that when we dematerialized the correction, we gave the teachers insight into the rest of the correction. So far, a proofreader has filled in and sent the notes in a spreadsheet. And then, either he was on the harmonization committee and knew what became of the notes, or he wasn’t there and didn’t know. The choice made is to give full visibility. It is not the software that harmonizes, but the teachers. “It is a collegial, human work that crosses the gaze of inspectors and proofreaders. But we are not 200 in a room but rather 10, 15 or 20 “, we explain to the general direction of school education. Before recalling that the harmonization committees ending tomorrow night for the specialty tests will be followed by new harmonization committees for the permanent evaluation notes. And in late June-early July, the deliberation juries that award the baccalaureate have to review all bulletins for a final harmonization, for example, for those about to get a listing.

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This one ” harmonizations ‘ generate controversy every year. Admittedly, without it, some teachers would not hesitate to give very low marks, without worrying about what their colleagues are doing, as studies of “docimology” (science of evaluation in pedagogy) have shown in the past. For example, in 2007 researcher Bruno Suchaud placed three copies of students taking the economic and social sciences test to correct some thirty teachers. There were, for each thesis, very strong variations from one proofreader to another, up to eleven points – even if the variation is closer to two or three points on average… Without control, the danger of the correction is considerable. † Rightly or wrongly, these harmonizations are suspected of artificially increasing pass rates and thereby weakening the value of the baccalaureate. ‘, noted Senator Jacques Legendre in a 2008 report. The marking schemes are ” too often formulated in purely positive terms “, He wrote.

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