What's the difference between the different types of grading periods?

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