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Multiple Grade Scales

If you have students in your classes who must be judged on a grade scale different from the rest of the class, such as students who are taking a class pass-fail, or students who are in alternative programs, you can set up one or more grade scales for such situations. The grade scale you choose for the student will be used to assign grades for all term subtotals and the final grade. You can set up to 30 grade scales for each class, and decide which students to assign to which scale. For example, most students with a 95% would receive an A, but students with a different scale might be assigned a Pass or an A+ for that same average.

To set up multiple grading scales:

  • Click Grading > Set Grading Scale. The grading scale that is already set will be Scale Number 1. You can change this scale, or leave it as your default. If you do not set any additional scales, or if you do not assign a new scale to a specific student, this scale will be used.
  • To set a second grading scale, select Scale Number 2 at the top of the dialog box. Enter a new grade and its cutoff value. Create as many grade scales are you need. You can use the same grades in multiple grade scales, assigning them new values, or you can use new grades. Remember to click OKbefore exiting to save your changes.
  • To assign a grading scale to a student, enter the scale number in the student information field GScale. For example, if a student is being graded using Scale Number 3, enter a 3 next to GScale. If you enter a number in a student’s information field for a grade scale that has not yet been set, the student will no longer have a final grade. If you delete the Gscale number, GradeQuick will default to Scale Number 1. To enter Grading Scale Numbers for each student quickly, you can choose to display a column forGScale on your gradebook spreadsheet by selecting the field GScale in the View Student Info dialog box.

Multiple Grade Scales

If you have set GradeQuick to calculate final grades by averaging term grades, you will have to set a grade equivalent scale for each grade scale that you set.

If you click the Standard A,B,C,D,F with/without +/- buttons, your current scale will be replaced, whether or not you are currently using grades of A-F. If you have inadvertently chosen one of these buttons, click cancel to exit the dialog box, instead of OK, to drop any changes you have made since entering theGrading Scale dialog.

If your school has a site license, your grading scales may already be set for you, so you would not have to set them at all! However, you will still have to follow step 3 above to assign grading scales to your students, or all students will use Grade Scale 1.