Student Grade Calculations

Throw Out Lowest Grade in First Category

Homework is the default (starting) category name for the first category. At least two assignments (non-EXcused) in the first category must have been entered for the student before a grade will be thrown out. On Individual Reports, the letters TO are displayed as the student grade.

Throw Out Lowest Grade in Second Category

Lab is the default (starting) category name for the second category. At least two assignments (non-EXcused) in the second category must have been entered for the student before a grade will be thrown out. On Individual Reports, the letters TO are displayed as the student grade.

Throw Out Lowest Grade in Third Category

Quiz is the default (starting) category name for the third category. At least two assignments (non-EXcused) in the third category must have been entered for the student before a grade will be thrown out. On Individual Reports, the letters TO are displayed as the student grade.

Throw Out Lowest Grade in Fourth Category

Test is the default (starting) category name for the fourth category. At least two assignments (non-EXcused) in the fourth category must have been entered for the student before a grade will be thrown out. On Individual Reports, the letters TO are displayed as the student grade.

Allow Negative Point Entry

When this item is checked, negative points can be entered for assignments.

Use CheckMark Instead of CHeat

The CM = CheckMark is not used when calculating a student grade. CM is functionally equivalent to an EXcused grade. The CM mark allows teachers to record information such as a paid lab fee, or dressing for a physical education class without giving a letter or numerical grade. Use the category mark of @ to indicate a non grades assignment.

Allow Both Letter Grades E(ffort) and F(ailure)

Some schools allow the letter grade of E in addition to the letter grade F. In both cases; the student did not meet the minimum required percentage (D-). However, the student is awarded credit for completing the class when the letter grade of E is issued. The student does not receive course credit when the letter grade F is issued. The E grade would be entered when adjusting the current grades.

Allow the Letter Grade F+ to Equal 50%

Some schools want to use the F+ grade to indicate a grade that shows some effort, but not enough to meet the minimum required percentage (D-). The grade of F is always calculated as 0%. The grade of F+ will be equivalent to 50% of the assignment points if the checkbox is marked. The student does not receive course credit when the letter grade F+ is issued.

Round Term grades before Semester Calculations

The term/quarter grades transferred forward with the Utility Menu selection are accurate to 3 decimal places. When the check box is marked, each term grade is rounded before calculating the semester grade.

Include Semester Grade on Print Outs

Some teachers prefer not to print semester grades on individual reports until the end of the semester for student motivation. Turning this off is most effective when semester grades are determined by weighting. When reports are printed early in the second, third, or fourth term, the current term points have a much higher influence on the semester grade (when weighting).

Grade Accuracy

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The default (starting) method is Three Decimals-Down. For example, if a student's grade is 89.657%, the four different methods calculate as follows:

Point Scale Adjustment

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Different schools use different 4 point scales to decide grades. You can change the program values to match your school's values.

Final Year Grade Calculation

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The final year grade can be calculated with or without a final exam. If a final exam is used, only 59 (not 60) assignments are available in the last term of the school year. If the final exam weight is set to 0, it will be ignored when calculating the final year grade. The final year grade is calculated by giving each term of the school year an equal weight. If semester exams are used, each semester of the school year is given an equal weight. By setting the two spinners, the final exam can be assigned the appropriate weight. If the Use Semester Grades checkbox is marked, semester weights will be used instead of term weights.

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