Scoring Guidelines

The Scoring Guidelines were introduced at the IYPT last year in Iran. Martin Plesch actually gave an in-depth introduction that I made a video of, so in case you’re interested:

Now of course this wasn’t something that the Executive Committee came up with during one of their short meetings. It really was a long process that eventually led us to what I consider a very reasonable and helpful guideline for both new and experienced jurors. As the minutes of the EC meeting back in November 2010 state, “[a]fter discussing many alternatives, MP, TH and JB each volunteered to prepare a proposal for updated guidelines which will be circulated among EC members for a final decision during spring 2011.” My first proposal that I was willing to send around to some of my IYPT-friends dates back to December 2010. It’s interesting how this evolved with all the feedback I got, until eventually sending a version 4 to the EC mailing list in February 2011. Other proposals were submitted too and a long discussion via email followed with a stable result evolving sometime in April 2011. Eventually we voted on a proposal and decided to try it at some national YPTs first. Since the feedback there was mostly positive we went ahead and introduced them at the IYPT2011.

Something as complex as these guidelines will never be perfect. I’m sure the EC will continue to listen to any feedback and that the guidelines will continue to evolve. Much more important than the final details however is, that there are guidelines at all: To me it’s important to have rules that clearly state what this tournament is about – that’s what’s reflected in these guidelines: Physics and communicating Physics. And to make the grading even more transparent for the participants, the grading sheets with their partial grades will be scanned and published.

Next time I’ll write something about the grading and how it has changed over the years.

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