If you’re new to our gradebook, you may notice something strange. What’s up with the “I”s? Why do some students have a final grade, and some don’t? Here’s an example of what your gradebook might look like (Notice the “I”s on the far right column):
In this example, we’ve configure the final grade to consist of 60% Assignments and 40% Tests. If you click on “(Formula for final grade)”, the calculation might look something like this:
The calculation will display an “I”, which stands for “Incomplete”, if it’s unable to calculate a final grade, because one or more of its weighted components is missing marks.
So here’s the test: Gavin Parker received 100% for Assignments but has not been graded for Tests yet. What should his final grade be? The system displays an “I” because it doesn’t know how to treat the missing 40% for Tests.
So what are my options? How do I get a final grade to appear?
OPTION 1: Edit the calculation
You can edit the calculation and exclude “Tests”, making “Assignments” count as 100% of the final grade. However, this would affect all students. And Felicity Bradshaw (from the example above), who does not have any assignments, will continue to have an “I”.
OPTION 2: Enter “provisional” marks for the missing category
You can enter marks into the empty Test column. If you give Gavin a zero, his final grade will be 60%. If you gave him a provisional 50%, his final grade would be 80%.
Unfortunately, there is no other workaround at this time. Many schools we’ve talked to like it this way. We could simply work on explaining why a student received an “I”, citing the reasons above.
Can we change how it works?
QuickSchools is always looking to improve based on feedback and demand from schools. If you feel a calculation should be displayed for Gavin, despite the missing category, please let us know. We’d love to hear your feedback. And if there’s enough demand, our engineers will build in a solution.
How should Gavin’s final grade be calculated in the absence of any Test scores?
- Continue to display “I” for “Incomplete”
- Remove the missing weight automatically, and display 100% (based on Assignments only in this case)
- Treat the missing category as zero, making the final grade 60%
- Give the missing category a provisional score of 50%, making the final grade 80%
- Do something else entirely?
Come talk to us 🙂