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The different types of grading periods are different in fundamental ways that are important to understand to see how all the different grading periods contribute toward a single school year.
- Minor Grading Periods are typically the reporting periods (i.e., the points of the year when teachers enter grades and comments separately from their day-to-day gradebook) and those results are reported to parents via report cards.
- Common example: the quarters in a four-quarter year
- Major Grading Periods are calculated based on minor grading periods.
- Common example: semesters in a four quarter/two semester year
- Mid-Periods are grading periods that are neither major nor minor and are used to generate “snapshots” of grades at a particular moment, but are not factored into the final grade.
- Common example: a mid-quarter or mid-semester progress report that is sent home