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Understanding Final Grade Calculations

Selecting the type of final grade to release lets you decide if you want to modify users’ grades before releasing them.

Calculated Final Grade

A user’s calculated final grade is calculated based on the grading formula set up in the grade book. You cannot adjust it to accommodate special circumstances without editing individual grade items or categories and recalculating the total.

Examples of when to use a calculated final grade:

  • You have a large class and you release the calculated final grade because it is the fastest, easiest way to release grades to users.
  • You are designing an online training course without an active instructor to lead the course and the course consists of reading topics and automatically graded multiple choice quizzes that keeps grades current as users complete the quizzes.
  • Your school board requires that you set up their grade book in a particular way and release the calculated final grade to ensure consistent grading.

Adjusted Final Grade

The adjusted final grade enables you to modify or adjust a users’ grade before releasing it. You can use the calculated grade for final grades that don’t need adjustment.

Examples of when to use an adjusted final grade:

  • A beginner graphic design course teaches users to use publishing software. You use the same criteria to grade each user on individual assignments, but can adjust users’ final grades to account for previous knowledge with the programs and improvement.
  • You review users’ grades before releasing them and round up users that are close to achieving a benchmark, such as rounding 79% to 80% so a user receives honors, or rounding 47% to 50% so a user passes the course.
  • You apply a bell curve to users’ final grades to raise the class average, but you leave individual grade items unadjusted so you can compare results to previous years.