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Grade Weighting Strategies

Straight Points

The straight points grade weighting strategy is one where a teacher assigns point values to assignments as

they go throughout the grading period. Typically, teachers assign points based on the number of items or

responses required on a particular assignment though teachers use a variety of point value structures. Each

time a teacher adds an assignment and scores to the gradebook a student's score is recalculated based on the

number of points recorded.

Here is an example:

Assign #1: Decimals Worksheet (classwork) = 8 pts (8 items)

Assign #2: Decimals - p. 247 1-12 (homework) = 12 pts (12 items)

Assign #3: Subtracting Decimals Practice (classwork) = 10 pts (10 items)

Assign #4 : Adding and Subtracting Decimals Quiz = 12 pts (12 items)

Assign #5: Adding and Subtracting Decimals Test = 20 pts (10 items, each worth 2 pts)

In this example, the student has the possibility of earning 30 practice points and 32 assessment points from all

these assignments; therefore, practice is valued at 48% of the total grade on this given date. In this straight

points scenario the practice to assessment percentage score is constantly changing. By using straight points

there is a higher likelihood that assignments deemed as practice will count for a percentage greater than

assignments identified as assessments. There is also a stronger likelihood that a student could fail due to poor

practice techniques (classwork and homework scores) even though their assessment scores may be quite high.

The strategy of straight points can be used effectively. To do so a teacher must pay very close and constant

attention to the points assigned to each assignment to maintain a proper balance in the gradebook.

This is not the recommended strategy for calculating student progress as it is very easy to tip the balance too

far in one direction or another.

Category Weighting

The category weighting strategy is where a teacher assigns weights by percentage to each category of

assignments used (i.e., assessments, classwork, homework, projects, etc.). The teacher then assigns point

values to assignments as they go throughout the grading period. As assignments are added, the grade

program calculates total points for each category and then calculates the overall grade based on the category

weights set up by the teacher.

Here is an example:

Assessments = 75%

Classwork/Practice = 20%

Homework/Practice = 5%

Using the grade weights above, a teacher can control how much weight any one category counts towards the

overall grade and therefore prevent a student from failing due to poor practice techniques (classwork and

homework scores).

When using category weighting if there isn't at least one assignment in each category that is weighted the

grade program will distribute that category percentage among the remaining categories.

Normalization

Normalization is a grade weighting strategy where a teacher assigns a consistent value to all assignments

within a category (i.e., assessments, classwork, homework, projects, etc.).

Here is an example:

All Assessments = 100 points

All Classwork/Practice = 20 points

All Homework/Practice = 5 points

In Genesis Gradebook the teacher records the actual score a student earns in the Max Score field and the

Normalized score in the Points field. The teacher is not required to calculate anything before entering scores in

the gradebook. By entering the students true score in the Max Score field the program will calculate that to a

normalized score.

How do you calculate grade with weighted percentages?To calculate your average grade, follow these steps:Multiple each grade by its weight. In this example, you received a 90% on the first assignment and it was worth 10%. ...Add the calculated values from step 1 together. We now have 900 + 1600 = 2500.Add the weight of all the completed assignments together. ...Finally, divide the value from step 2 by the value from step 3. ...

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