Explanation of the Changes to the Ballot

Explanation of the Changes to the Ballot
Some of you who were involved last year or who reviewed the ballot from last year may notice that that the
“Structure & Organization” and “Handling Judges’ Questions” categories are now scored out of 9 rather than
5. This is not a substantive change. Our tabulation process now includes a weighting step, where we weight the
scores in the different scoring categories. The results will be the same as if the judges had scored the last two
categories out of 5 as they were doing last year.
This change is a result of some difficulties last year; some judges evidently misunderstood the scoring system
and were rating students out of 9 for every category. We hope the change will make the scoring process less
prone to such errors.