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Weighting (GB3)
Applies To: Plus Grade

About Weighting

School Loop's gradebook allows you to calculate grades based on total points or a weighted scale. Weighting requires that you have associated all graded assignments with a weighted category, so it is important that you first create the categories you wish to use for weighted grading (covered on a separate help page). With categories created, you can assign a percent weight to as many categories as you wish to use.

Although the category list is universal, you may weight differently for each gradebook. Student grades are based on scores in weighted categories. If a weighted category has no graded assignments, student grades are based only on the categories with assignments. The weights of those categories are effectively reapportioned to equal 100%.

Configure Weighting

settings.pngAfter setting up all the categories (covered in a separate help page) you wish to use with your weighting scale, you must configure each gradebook separately. In this fashion, each gradebook can have different weight schemes.

weighting.pngFrom any page in your portal, click the Settings link near the top right of the page and then look for the Gradebook Settings on the next page. Locate the link for the name of the gradebook you wish to configure and click that link. From there, click the Go button for weighting.

To set weighting, enter the percent value for each category you wish to weight. Take care that the total for weighted categories is 100%. Finally, check the radio button next to "Yes" to turn weighting on for the gradebook.

To avoid confusion, each gradebook displays a weighting indicator near the top of the page. The indicator also includes an Edit button for easy access to the settings for that gradebook.


Weighting Explained

weighting_explained.pngHow weighting is used to calculate grades is not always clearly understood by students and parents. This explanation should be helpful. In the example, there are three weighted categories: Homework, Tests, and Final. Each is weighted 30%, 50%, and 20% respectively.

The figure to the right illustrates that a student's average for the Homework and Tests categories is 60% and 70% respectively. Since there is no score for the final exam, that category will not be used in calculating the student's average. The weight of each category used is multiplied by the student's average for that category. Those products are summed together and divided by the total of the weighted categories in use (80% as pictured above). In this example, the student has earned 53% of a possible 80% for an average of 66.25%. How that percent grade converts to a letter grade is based on your grading scale.