# Term & Final Grade Calculation

## Overview

This serves as an FAQ for scenarios that may arise when calculating term grades and final grades.

## What is a “term grade”?

• Not directly based off of assignments
• Has the possibility of factoring in a term exam score
• If using a major/minor grading period setup and using a term exam score, the grading period must be configured to use the grade term grade calculation

## What is the “assignment posted grade” (APG)?

• stored version of the calculated grade based on assignments only
• the exam is not factored in to the assignment posted grade
• schools may elect to have teachers enter the APG or override it
• the APG can be posted like regular grades using the posting menu

## Where does the APG show up?

• “Grades” tab of Teacher Portal
• some calculated fields in “Find Class Enrollment”

## How is the normal term grade calculated?

### Quarters + Semesters

• (1 – Exam Weight) / 2 = Quarter Weight
• (Q1 * QWeight) + (Q2 * QWeight) + (Ex * ExWeight)

### Semesters Only

• (1 – Exam Weight) = APG Weight
• (APG * APGWeight) + (Ex * ExWeight)

### Trimesters

• (1 – Exam Weight) = Trimester Weight
• (APG * APGWeight) + (Ex * ExWeight)

### Quarters Only

• (1 – Exam Weight) = Quarter Weight
• (APG * APGWeight) + (Ex * ExWeight)

## How is the “ALL” (or “Final”) grade calculated?

• If there are no term posted grades yet, the ALL or Final grade is just an assignment average; it is the same thing as the gradebook average.
• If there are one or more major grading periods with a posted grade, and NO exam grades, the ALL calculated grade will be a straight average all the posted grades in major grading periods. Depending on the school’s grading period configuration, typically this is a straight average of the posted Semester, Trimester, or Quarter report card grades.
• If the class uses Final exams, then the ALL Calculated grade will be a weighted average of the Major Grading Periods Posted Grades plus the ALL Exam grade.

## Are any of the calculations based on cached data?

• YES: In a quarters + semester system; if a Q2 grade has not been entered yet, then we use a cached version of the Q2 PTD Grade
• NO: In a Semesters only or Trimester system; we will use the real-time calculated version of the APG

## In a quarters + semesters system, what if a student was only present for Q1 or Q2, not both? What is the term grade?

• (1 – Exam Weight) = Quarter Weight
• (Q1 * QWeight) + (Ex * ExWeight)
• In other words, just the one quarter grade and the exam work together

## In a quarters + semester system, what if the student has an “Incomplete” for Q1 or Q2? What is the term grade?

• The term grade not be automatically calculated
• The school/teacher must manually assign the student a semester grade

## What if the exam grade hasn’t been entered yet?

• In a quarters + semester system; the two quarters grades are evenly weighted
• In a Semesters only or Trimester system; it is just the APG

## What if we want to give an exam grade, but don’t want it to factor in to the term grade?

• Change the “Exam Weight” to “0.00”
• You can also change the student’s “Status” to “Exam Exempt”

## How to give a student a true “zero” for an exam?

• Must pick the grade status called “Exam No Credit”