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Grading Periods

The Grading Periods screen is the second step/screen used in the 5 steps taken by most teachers when they create a new class.

Topics:
General information on Grading Periods

Example of Unweighted Grading Periods

Weighing Grading Periods

Example of Weighted Grading Periods

Grading periods that encompass other grading periods

Class Grading Periods and Scores To Drop

Copying Grading Periods To Other Classes



General Grading Period Information
An overall grade and percentage for each student in your class is continuously tracked. However, if you have additional grading periods within the start and end dates of the class that you have to retain as completely separate grades, you should use the Grading Periods screen to define them. We recommend assigning weights to your grading periods.

Many teachers refer to the additional grading periods as "Progress Reports", "Marking Periods", "Six Week Grades", or "Mid Term Grades". You can use the Grading Periods report, the Overall Class Grades report, the Student Summary report and other reports to view the grading period information for each student. In addition, students and parents can view their information by grading period.

Example of Unweighted Grading Periods
The class has a start date of 01/01/2000 and an end date of 06/30/2000, with three grading periods:
  1. Grades from 01/01/2000 to 03/01/2000
  2. Grades from 03/02/2000 to 05/01/2000 (unaffected by scores from the previous grading period)
  3. At the end of the class (06/30/2000) we report a final grade encompassing all scores in the class.
We can meet the first two reporting requirements by using the Grading Period One and Grading Period Two fields in the Grading Periods screen as shown below:

Period

Title

Start Date

End Date

1.

Progress Report One

01/01/2000

03/01/2000

2.

Progress Report Two

03/02/2000

05/01/2000


We do not need to do anything for the third reporting requirement because it is supplied by default and is referred to in the grade reports as "Overall Grade". If no weights are assigned to the grading periods, the overall grade is computed based on total points possible and total points earned for the entire class.

Weighing Grading Periods
If you define grading periods, we recommend you assign weights to them so the calculations for overall grades and any encompassing grading periods can be based on weights you assigned to your grading periods.

Example of Weighted Grading Periods:
The class has a start date of 09/01/2000 and an end date of 06/20/2001 , with two grading periods:
  1. Grades from 09/01/2000 to 12/30/2000
  2. Grades from 01/01/2001 to 06/20/2001 (unaffected by scores from the previous grading period)
We can meet the requirements by using the Grading Period One and Grading Period Two fields in the Grading Periods screen as shown below:

Period

Title

Start Date

End Date

Weight

1.

Semester 1

09/01/2000

12/30/2000

50%

2.

Semester 2

01/01/2001

06/20/2001

50%


We do not need to do anything for Overall Grades because they are supplied by default and are referred to in the grade reports as "Overall Grade". Since we assigned weights to the grading periods, the overall grade is computed based on the percentages the students received in each grading period and the weight of the grading periods.

Example of an overall grade calculation for the scenario described above.
Student: John Jones
Semester 1 Percentage: 100
Semester 2 Percentage: 80
Overall Grade Calculation: (100 * 0.5) + (80 * 0.5) = 90%

Since we weighed the grading periods, John Jones would receive an overall percentage of 90 even if there were more assignments and/or points possible in grading period one than grading period two.


Grading periods that encompass other grading periods
You do not need to create a grading period encompassing your entire class. An overall grade for the entire class is always calculated and shown on the reports.

Even though there is no need to create a grading period encompassing the entire class, many teachers create grading periods that encompass other grading periods. We recommend that you assign weights to your grading periods so the grade computations for the overall grade and any encompassing grading periods you define can be based on weights assigned to the grading periods. If you create encompassing grading periods and you are weighing your grading periods, you will normally enter a zero in the weight column of each of the encompassing grading periods. For example, you could have quarter and semester grades similar to the following:

Grading Period Weight
First Quarter 09/01/2000 - 10/31/2000 20%
Second Quarter 11/01/2000 - 12/15/2000 20%
Semester 1 Exam 12/16/2000 - 12/16/2000 10%
First Semester 09/01/2000 - 12/16/2000 0%
Third Quarter 01/05/2001 - 03/15/2001 20%
Fourth Quarter 03/16/2001 - 05/15/2001 20%
Semester 2 Exam 05/16/2001 - 05/16/2001 10%
Second Semester 01/05/2001 - 05/16/2001 0%

If you create "Semester Exam" grading periods as we did in the example above, you should make sure that they are only encompassed by a semester grading period and are not part of any other grading period.



Weighted Encompassing Grading Periods
When a class has a weighted grading period that encompasses one or more grading periods, the weighted encompassing grading period grades and percentages are computed without combining the grades and percentages calculated for the grading periods it encompasses:
Grading Period Weight
1st Progress Report 09/01/2000 - 10/31/2000 0%
Second Progress Report 11/01/2000 - 12/15/2000 0%
First Semester 09/01/2000 - 12/15/2000 50%
Third Progress Report 01/05/2001 - 03/15/2001 0%
Fourth Progress Report 03/16/2001 - 05/15/2001 0%
Second Semester 01/05/2001 - 05/15/2001 50%

In the example above, the grades and percentages computed for the "First Semester" grading period are computed based on the points possible and points earned for the entire date range (9/1/2000 - 12/15/2000) of the grading period with the scores to drop in the categories of the class applied only once. The grades and percentages computed for the unweighted encompassed grading periods in this example are just a window into how the student is doing at a particular point in time and they do not use the scores to drop values defined in the categories.



Unweighted Encompassing Grading Periods with weighted encompassed grading periods
When a class has an unweighted grading period that encompasses one or more weighted grading periods, the computed grades and percentages for each weighted encompassed grading period are combined to compute the grades and percentages calculated for the unweighted encompassing grading period:
Grading Period Weight
1st Progress Report 09/01/2000 - 10/31/2000 25%
Second Progress Report 11/01/2000 - 12/15/2000 25%
First Semester 09/01/2000 - 12/15/2000 0%
Third Progress Report 01/05/2001 - 03/15/2001 25%
Fourth Progress Report 03/16/2001 - 05/15/2001 25%
Second Semester 01/05/2001 - 05/15/2001 0%

In the example above, the grades and percentages computed for the "First Semester" grading period are computed by combining the grades and percentages computed in each weighted grading period it encompasses. The scores to drop in the categories of the class are applied when computing grades for each of the weighted encompassed grading periods and then the encompassed grading period grades are combined to generate the encompassing grading period grades. If an unweighted encompassing grading period contains one or more weighted grading periods and one or more unweighted grading periods, the unweighted encompassed grading periods have no effect on the encompassing grading period grades.



Unweighted Encompassing Grading Periods with unweighted encompassed grading periods
When a class has an unweighted grading period that encompasses other grading periods and all of the encompassed grading periods are unweighted, the grades for the encompassing grading period are based on the points earned / points possible for the entire date range of the encompassing grading period and scores to drop in each category are only applied once:
Grading Period Weight
1st Progress Report 09/01/2000 - 10/31/2000 0%
Second Progress Report 11/01/2000 - 12/15/2000 0%
First Semester 09/01/2000 - 12/15/2000 0%
Third Progress Report 01/05/2001 - 03/15/2001 0%
Fourth Progress Report 03/16/2001 - 05/15/2001 0%
Second Semester 01/05/2001 - 05/15/2001 0%


In the example above, the grades and percentages computed for the "First Semester" grading period are computed based on the total points earned / total points possible for assignments due between 09/01/2000 and 12/15/2000 . The scores to drop defined in the categories of the class are applied once instead of being applied in each encompassed grading period and combined to generate the encompassing grading period grades.


Class Grading Periods and Scores To Drop.
This is a summary of how the Scores To Drop defined in the class categories are applied during grade calculations
  1. Grading Periods - Scores to drop are applied during grading period calculations under the following grading period scenarios:
    • Grading Period being computed is not encompassed and is not encompassing
    • Grading Period being computed is weighted and has an unweighted encompassing grading period.
    • Grading Period being computed is weighted and encompasses at least one weighted or unweighted grading period.
    • Grading Period being computed is unweighted and encompasses nothing but unweighted grading periods.
    • Grading Period being computed is unweighted and encompassed by unweighted grading periods and does not encompass weighted grading periods.

    Scores to drop are not applied during grading period calculations under any other scenarios.
     
  2. Overall Grades - Overall Grades are not a grading period per se but they are similar:
    • If there are no grading periods or all of the grading periods are unweighted, scores are dropped based on the category records during the entire date range of the class. In other words, the Overall Grades are treated as if there was one and only one unweighted grading period in the class.
    • If there are grading periods and at least one is weighted, Overall Grades are based on a roll up of the grades computed in each weighted grading period.
SEE ALSO: Category Grade Roll Ups


Copying Grading Periods To Other Classes
The bottom of the screen shows you a list of your other classes that have different grading periods despite having the same class start and class end dates as your currently selected class. You can copy the grading periods in the currently selected class to the classes listed at the bottom of the screen by checking their boxes and clicking the save button.

NOTE FOR INTEGRATED CUSTOMERS - Classes that were created for you by District Integration are not eligible for copies of grading periods.

































































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