A student may be exempt from taking a semester or final exam. In this case, the absence of a final exam score should not count against the student and should not be included in grade calculations.
A final exam can be calculated as part of a Semester Exam, or it can be an independent Final Exam for the year.
NOTE: At least one term must be set up before Grading Periods can be added.
- Enable the Use Grading Periods Instead of Terms in Gradebook option on School Options.
This MUST be set prior to any Gradebook creation.
- Add an NA mark on Valid Marks.
- Create a Grading Period specifically for the final exam (or semester exam).
- The Grading Period/Description names should reflect that the Grading Period is for the final exam.
- Select Is Final Assignment.
- The Start/End Date must be set accurately for Final Assignment Grading Periods. The dates determine which assignments are pulled in from Gradebook for a particular Grading Period based on the Date Due entered in the teacher's gradebook. The range typically encompasses the final few dates of the term.
- Create a Grading Period specifically for the final grade for the overall term.
- The Grading Period/Description names should reflect that the Grading Period is the final grade for the term.
- Select Is Calculated.
- Establish Grading Calculations:
- Select all the previous Grading Periods that should be included in the final term calculation, and assign weight percentages. The final exam Grading Period should be included and weighted appropriately.
- For each Grading Period included in the calculation, you have the choice to calculate Completed or Not Completed marking periods:
- Completed: The grade from the Grade Reporting (GRD) table is used.
- Not Completed (i.e., grading period is still in progress): The grade from the teacher gradebook (GBK) is used, based on the Grading Period date range.
- The teacher creates a final exam assignment in the gradebook. For the assignment, select Final Assignment.
- Multiple Final Assignments can be created. For example, a teacher may have a final exam and a final project. If there are multiple Final Assignments in a teacher's gradebook, the scores are averaged together according to category weights or formative summative weight settings to determine the final assignment average.
- The Date Due for a final assignment should be within the date range specified in the Start/End Date on the Grading Periods page.
- If a student is exempt, the teacher enters NA for the assignment score. In this case, the score is ignored when the Grading Period is calculated.