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Gradebook: Grade Calculation

The TRACS Gradebook provides three different gradebook styles to use to calculate your course grades; No Categories, Categories, and Weighted Categories.


Points Based Grade Calculation

Category and No Category style gradebook setup both utilize a simple points-based grade calculation.

The Gradebook calculates the user's average by dividing the total points earned by the total possible points of all grade Items.

Student Name

Item 1
(100 points)

Item 2
(100 points)
Item 3
(100 points)
Item 4
(100 points)
 Student, Sam  88 100 100 77
 Student, Suzie  97 100 88 71

Sam Student's grade would be calculated by:
[ (88+100+100+77) / 400 ] * 100 = 91.25%

Suzie Student's grade would be calculated by:
[ (97+100+88+71) / 400 ] *100 = 89.0%


Weighted Gradebook Calculation

A weighted category style gradebook calculation is a bit more complex than a point based gradebook setup.

It's best to think of each category as an individual gradebook.

  1. Each category calculates the user's average by dividing the total points earned by the total possible points of all grade Items in the category.
  2. Each user's category average is multiplied by the category's individual weight.
  3. All category points are then added together to determine the final course grade. 
  Exams - 50% Homework - 20% Assignments - 20%
Student Name Exam 1 Exam 2 Exam 3 HW 1 HW 2 HW 3 Assn 1 Assn 2
Student, Sam 80 96 88 68 82 76 64 70
Student, Suzie 78 64 94 82 86 84 78 86

 

Sam Student's final course grade would be calculated by:

Category Category Calculation Category Average
Exams [ (80+96+88) / 300 ] * 50 44%
Homework [ (68+82+76) / 300 ] * 20 15.07%
Assignments [ (64+70) / 200 ] * 30 20.1%
Final Course Grade Add Exams, Homework and Assignments averages
[44+15.07+20.1]

79.17%