How to set up your grade book for term weighting instead of cumulative grading.
Depending on how your school is set up, you may have two choices for how your final semester grades are calculated: cumulative or by term weighting.
Note: Do not use Progress Periods to set Term Weighting. Term weighting should only be set for the final grading period.
1. If you set up a custom grade scale, apply that grade scale to all grading periods: This will ensure that your grades are calculated correctly.
Under the "Grade Book" menu, select the "Final Grade Config" menu option. In the new window that opens, select the "Final Grade Defaults" tab. Select your custom grade scale for all grading periods and click the "Save & Apply To All Students" button.
2. Make sure each assignment counts for only one grading period: Each assignment should only count for one grading period, typically the one in which the assignment was due.
Go to the "Assignments" screen.
Set the Grading Period pulldown menu to "ALL" and the Page Size menu to "50." If you have more than 50 assignments you will need to page through them when checking your terms.
Select the "Grading Periods" tab and make sure that each assignment is only associated with one grading period. Make sure there is only one grading period selected for each assignment. For example, assignments for Q1 only have the grading period "Quarter 1" selected, your Final Exam assignment has only the "Semester 1 Exam" term selected. The "Semester 1 column should have no boxes checked. This will be calculated based on settings you will make below. There should only be one box selected per row.
Note: The grading period names (Quarter 1, Semester 1 and Semester 1 Exam) may be different in your grade book. If you do not have a separate Semester 1 column, please see the setup instructions for cumulative grading.
3. Set up term weighting: Decide and set the percentage value associated with each term.
From the Report Card menu, select "Term Weighting"
Click the semester grading (not progress) term for which you want to set term weighting. Then check the grading terms in the sub menu that you will use to calculate the semester grade. Note: do not set a semester weight in the sub menu. In the "Semester 1 Example" below, Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 each contribute 40% to the final grade and the Semester 1 Exam contributes 20%.
|Semester 1 Example|
|Semester 2 Example|
Select any additional classes you want to apply these settings to using the checkboxes and then click the green "Update" button. The screen will refresh to reflect your new setup.