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General Settings

The General Settings option allows you to determine whether or not to calculate semester subtotals for students’ averages, whether you want to use a grading scale or the numeric score, how to deal with averages when calculating final averages, and how to set the gradebook’s asterisk (**) symbol displayed when you add new assignments.

How to Set Semester Subtotals

You can choose to calculate semester subtotals and then select the number of terms available in each semester subtotal calculation. Any weighting you have configured for terms will be included in the semester subtotal calculations.

  1. On the Settings page, click General Settings from the list of Grading options to access the General Settings.
  2. In the Semester Subtotals area, check Calculate Semester Subtotals to calculate subtotals for each semester.
  3. Select the number of terms to use in the semester subtotal calculation.
    For example, if you have four grading terms in a year, and two of the terms make up a semester, you would select two (2) to calculate the semester subtotal.
  4. Click Save.
    The Subtotals tab in your Gradebook will display the subtotal averages for each semester.

How to Set Grading Scale or Numeric Values for Student Grades

You can determine whether to use a Grading Scale to assign grades, such as A or Pass, or the rounded numeric average, such as 98.

  1. On the Settings page, click General Settings from the list of Grading options to access the General Settings.
  2. In the Grade Type area, select one of the following options:
    • Select Use Grading Scale to assign the grade scale letter or word to the average.
    • Select Use Numeric Grade to display the rounded numeric average as the grade.
  3. Click Save.
    The Subtotals tab in your Gradebook will display the grades based on your selection.

How to Set How to Average Grades

If you use term weighting in your gradebook, you can decide to average the term averages for the final grade, or average the term grade values for the final grade. The default setting is to average the term averages for a final grade. If you choose to average term grade values, you can also determine how to handle rounding issues for overall grades.

  1. On the Settings page, click General Settings from the list of Grading options to access the General Settings.
  2. In the Averaging area, if the Average Term Averages to Calculate Final Grade is selected, the final grade will be calculated by averaging the term grade averages.
    If the Average Term Grades to Calculate Final Grade is selected, the final grade will be calculated by averaging the values of the letters or numeric grades assigned to the term average.
  3. If the Average Term Grades to Calculate Final Grade has been selected, either of the rounding options for the overall letter grades can be set:
    • Select Tiebreaker Values to round any value .5 and higher up to the next grade value. Any value .49 and less will be rounded down.
    • Select Assign Cutoff Values to create your own round up/down scheme.

      To learn more, see Grade Equivalent Scales.

How to Set the Default Assignment Score (** Value)

Whenever you add a new assignment to your gradebook, the double-asterisk (**) symbol appears by default for each student’s score. You can determine whether to set this symbol as exempt (the default setting), which will not be included in the student’s average, or as zero (0), which will be used as the score in calculating the student’s average.

  1. On the Settings page, click General Settings  from the list of Grading options to access the General Settings.
  2. In the Assign Value To ** (Default Assignment Score) area, select one of the following options:
    • Select Exempt to not include the assignment in the student’s average calculation, until an actual score is entered.
    • Select Zero to calculate the student’s average using a zero (0) as the current score until the actual score is entered. Zero is not displayed in the gradebook as the score.
  3. Click Save.
    The Subtotals tab in your Gradebook will calculate the grades based on your selection.