|In this period of Distance
Learning, many schools are interested in
having a student's final grade calculculated differently than the
typical calculation of 25% for each quarter - (Q1 + Q2 + Q3 + Q4) / 4.
For example, one such change would be to change the weighting to Qtr 1
30%, Qtr 2 30%, Qtr 3 30%, and Qtr 4 10%. While FastDirect is
unable to customize the weights for each quarter, there is a way to
only calculate 3 of the 4 quarters. This would change the
33.33% for each of the 3 quarters. This scenario might be ideal
when the 4th quarter report card grades are either not going to have
value/weight or a different scale is being used, such as Pass/Fail.
To force the system to only average the first 3 quarter report card
grades, teachers can either skip entering in 4th quarter report card
grades temporarily or they can enter in a letter or symbol that is not
the course's grade scale, thus making it unrecognized. For
example, if a school decides to go with a Pass/Fail scale for 4th
teacher will want to make sure that the letter P or F are not already a
part of the current grade scale.
This image shows how the Final grade input is only averaging 3 of the 4
quarters and it also explains how a teacher can manually enter any
letter, symbol, or number grade.