Regulation 2624 Determining Final Grades and Grade Point Averages
- DETERMINATION OF MARKING PERIOD GRADES:
- Methods of grading:
- Averaging of straight letter grades.
- Averaging of percentage grades.
- Use of an accumulative point system, which converts to a percentage or letter grade.
- Incomplete grades:
- A marking period grade of incomplete is issued in cases of student illness or other extenuating circumstances, where it has been determined that not all required work can reasonably be submitted by the close of the marking period. A final course grade of incomplete cannot be given without the approval of the Principal or the Assistant Principal.
- When an incomplete is issued, the student must make up the work by the mid-point of the subsequent marking period. If outstanding work is not made up by this time, a failing grade will result.
- Late submissions of required work:
The Board encourages its teachers to insist on timely submission of required work. The following procedures will be used for students who do not submit work in a timely manner:
- Students who submit required work beyond its due date, but within a reasonable period of time as specified by the teacher can expect that the grade on the specific item will be lowered.
- Students who do not submit required work can expect a failing grade on the specific item.
- Cheating and plagiarism:
Cheating and plagiarism are not tolerated in the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District. Any student proved guilty of such activity will automatically receive a failing grade for the specific item on which the cheating or plagiarism occurred. Staff decisions on cheating or plagiarism are subject to appeal procedures established by the Board.
- Distribution of grading procedures:
Written grading procedures will be distributed by teachers at the beginning of each course. These procedures are to include the items listed in sections A through D above, and are to specify the exact penalty for failure to complete required assignments or take required evaluation (tests) on the date (s) specified. Copies of each teacher’s grading procedure will also be submitted for filing to the Department Chair and the Assistant Principal.
- COMPUTATIONS OF FINAL COURSE GRADE:
Final grades will be calculated district-wide as follows:
- Year-long courses: A student must have as a minimum, a passing grade of D in three of the five major grading factors.
- Semester course: A student must have as a minimum a passing grade of D in two of the three major grading factors. These factors include two marking periods and the final examination.
- The following system is to be used to calculate the final grade for semester and year courses using the point value for each letter grade and the formula to calculate Final Total Points, which will equal the final letter grade for the course.
|Point Value/Letter Grade||Letter Grade||Final Total Points For Final Grade|
Semester Course: 45% (MP1 Grade) + 45% (MP2 Grade) + 10% (Final Exam) = Final Grade
Example: B (MP1) + C (MP2) + C+ (Final Exam) = C+
Calculation: .45 (84.5) + .45 (74.5) + .1 (78) = 79.35
Full Year Course: 22.5% (MP1 Grade) + 22.5% (MP2 Grade) + 22.5% (MP3 Grade) + 22.5% (MP4 Grade) + 10% (Final Exam) = Final Grade
Example: B+ (MP1) + B (MP2) + A– (MP3) + B (MP4) + B (Final Exam) = B
Calculation: .225 (88) + .225 (84.5) + .225 (91) + .225 (84.5) + .1 (84.5) = 86.75
III. WEIGHTED GRADES:
Weighting is not a factor in determining a marking period or final course grade. Weighting is reflected in the computation of the grade point average.
- CALCULATE GPA:
You should do the following:
- Earned credits for each course are multiplied by the GPA numerical value of the final course grade. For AP weighted courses, .5 extra points is added to the numerical value of the course grade if the student takes the AP exam. EXAMPLE: A in an AP weighted course (if exam is taken) = 4.50. For Honors weighted courses and AP courses where the student does not take the AP exam, .35 extra points will be added to the numerical value of the course grade. Example: A in an Honors Weighted course (or AP course without exam) = 4.35.
- All of these products are added.
- The sum of all products is divided by the total number of credits attempted to determine the grade point average.
|Range||Grade Value||Numerical of Grade (4-0)|
- High Honor Roll:
At the end of each marking period, any student who has attained all “A” grades will be listed on the High Honor Roll.
- Honor Roll:
At the end of each marking period, any student who has attained all “B” grades or better will be listed on the Honor Roll.
- Honor Graduates:
To be recognized as graduating from high school with High Honors, the graduate must have a four year cumulative grade point average of 3.7001 or higher.
To be recognized as graduating with Honors, the graduate must attain a four year cumulative average of 3.4001 or higher.
Issued: August 2013
Revised: August 2015