A:
There are different ways the
system can calculate your grade average.
You can change the setting at any time by clicking on Grading Calc Options, found
in the upper right corner of your GradeBook.
Grading Calculation Options:
Standard:
Straight averaging of the percent grade given for each event.
Specifically,
it calculates the average by taking the sum of all percent scores and
dividing by the number of events/assignments. In other words, its
averaging the percent score of each grade given to an event with the
same weight, unless an event multiplier is applied.
For example, let’s say John received a 80/100 on a test and a 4/10 on a
quiz, then you average 80% and 40%, which is 60%.
Here’s the math:
80 + 40 = 120
120 / 2 = 60
Or, we could apply an event multiplier status of 2 to the 100 point
test in order to give it more weight. This way the quiz does not bring
John’s average down.
Here’s the math:
80 x 2 = 160
160 + 40 = 200
200 / 2 = 100
Often courses for younger students and specials courses such as Art may
use this grading scheme. Now, let’s say John received the following
grades in art class: O (outstanding), O, S (satisfactory), U
(unsatisfactory), and another S. All assignments are given the same
weight and the average would be an S.
Category Weighting:
You set a weight for each category listed in Grading Calc Options. The system
calculates an average for each category using the Standard scoring method and then
applies the assigned weight to arrive at the
calculated grade.
For example, say we want tests to count for half of the grade, and
quizzes and homework to count for 25% each. So 50, 25, 25 should be
entered next to those categories in Grading
Calc Options.
Using the example shown above with John’s grades, let’s set Tests worth
75% and quizzes worth 25%. Again, the test score is 80/100 and the quiz
score is 4/10.
Here’s the math:
80% x 75 (test weight) = 6000
40% x 25 (quiz weight) = 1000
6000 + 1000 = 7000
Total weight = 75 + 25 = 100
7000 / 100 = 70%
Cumulative Scoring:
This scoring method takes the total attained points for all events, and
divides it by the total possible points. Using the same example, let’s
say John received an 80/100 and a 4/10.
Here’s the math:
80 + 4 = 84
100 + 10 = 110
84 / 110 = .763 or 76.3%.
Both Cumulative and Category
Weighting:
This method works like Category
weighting, however rather than applying the Standard scoring method to each
individual category it uses Cumulative
scoring. 
