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# School grades - anyone good with percentages? Want to help with math? :) -UPDATE in Red

Posted by on Nov. 19, 2017 at 7:25 PM
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So I am having a dilemma with my son's grades.  He's in 6th.  I am on Parent Portal & for the life of me can't figure out how some of overall grades work.  I talked to his teacher for 3rd & 6th about it but she said she doesn't calculate them.  It is a computer program.  The 1st set is how she grades, () is the computer %.

1st class:

1.  .78/1 (78%)                  6.  1.98/2  (99%)              11.  .98/1  (98%)           16.  1.75/2  (87.5%)

2.  .90/1 (90%)                  7.  2.2/3  (73.33%)          12.  1/1  (100%)             17.  96/100  (96%) MID

3.  .8/1  (80%)                   8.  1/1  (100%)                  13.  1.75/2  (87.5%)    (At this poiint his grade was

4.  .8/1  (80%)                   9.  1.7/2  (85%)                14.  1.7/2  (85%)           89% then 18 & 19 added)

5.  1/1  (100%)                   10.  1.8/2 (90%)                15.  1.55/2  (77.5%)     18. 99/100 (99%) - FINAL

19.  1/1 (100%)

After the first 17 grades I added up the percentages (1506.83) & divided by 1700 giving me 88.6% which I get why rounded to 89%.  When I add the last 2 grades I get 1705.83 divided by 1900, which is 89.7%.  The teacher talked to the principal who said it wouldn't be rounded to 90% for an A.  I get that although I would've liked him to have the A.  For the 2nd class he has:

1.  .8/1 (80%)                   6.  1.65/2  (82.5%)                  11.  80/100  (80%) - MIDTERM

2.  .85/1 (85%)                 7.  1/1  (100%)                        12.  1.75/2  (87.5%)

3.  1/1 (100%)                  8.  2/2  (100%)                        13.  ?/1 (this one has no grade, doesn't say missed

4.  1.8/2 (90%)                 9.  1.55/2  (77.5%)                               or a zero or anything

5.  2/2 (100%)                 10. 2/2  (100%)

His total is 1082.5.  If divided by 1200 it is 90.2%; however, if divided by 1300 it is 83.2%.  According to Parent Portal it is 89%.

Currently he has a class where he has 10/10 (100%) and 3/5 (60%) BUT his percentage says he has 78%!  This is my 1st year being able to see grades.  I thought the grades you see on there tell you the actual grade your child has.  I know it's only 6th grade and they're good grades but I don't want him cheated out of an A.  I also don't know who I talk to that could give me a breakdown of how grades are calculated if a teacher's response is it's the computer program.  I know back in the day grades were done by hand.

UPDATE:  So one of his teachers told me that 80% of their grade is assignments.  And the other 20% if for Mid-terms & Finals.  I highlighted those in red.

by on Nov. 19, 2017 at 7:25 PM
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by on Nov. 19, 2017 at 7:27 PM
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by Bronze Member on Nov. 19, 2017 at 7:48 PM

Really?  I guess that makes sense.  It's just that the other classes final grades added up to their percentages except for a minor adjust.

You think the teacher would have just told me that. ;/  Then again nothing surprises me.  She was like "the principal said it will stay at a 89% but he's on Honor Roll so that is something to be proud of."  I guess him having 5 A's and 1 B as opposed to 4 A's and 2 B's is something I shouldn't let bother me because Principal's Honor Roll is all A's.  I'm just neurotic like that because it's soooo close to an A.

Quoting honeyrder:

by on Nov. 19, 2017 at 7:55 PM

The parent portal keeps me crazy, but it also keeps me on their behinds about assignments that I see are coming up or are "missing". One of my kids always has missing ones. Usually writing assignments, but I think the tests which he always passes are what is keeping him afloat.

Quoting mommy2cristian:

Really?  I guess that makes sense.  It's just that the other classes final grades added up to their percentages except for a minor adjust.

You think the teacher would have just told me that. ;/  Then again nothing surprises me.  She was like "the principal said it will stay at a 89% but he's on Honor Roll so that is something to be proud of."  I guess him having 5 A's and 1 B as opposed to 4 A's and 2 B's is something I shouldn't let bother me because Principal's Honor Roll is all A's.  I'm just neurotic like that because it's soooo close to an A.

Quoting honeyrder:

by Member on Nov. 19, 2017 at 7:58 PM

I believe that it's weighted.  Our school has the practice (homework) weighted at 20% and assesments (tests/projects) are 80% of their grade.  I would bet that the larger numbers (the /100 scores) are the assesments and they are the higher weight.

by Bronze Member on Nov. 19, 2017 at 8:06 PM
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Also I get frustrated because he was so close to an A.  His best friend has a D in that class but has more F's and D's than the handful of A's.  I'm like "dang.  my son gets 99% on his Final and still can't move from 89%?!"

Quoting honeyrder:

The parent portal keeps me crazy, but it also keeps me on their behinds about assignments that I see are coming up or are "missing". One of my kids always has missing ones. Usually writing assignments, but I think the tests which he always passes are what is keeping him afloat.

Quoting mommy2cristian:

Really?  I guess that makes sense.  It's just that the other classes final grades added up to their percentages except for a minor adjust.

You think the teacher would have just told me that. ;/  Then again nothing surprises me.  She was like "the principal said it will stay at a 89% but he's on Honor Roll so that is something to be proud of."  I guess him having 5 A's and 1 B as opposed to 4 A's and 2 B's is something I shouldn't let bother me because Principal's Honor Roll is all A's.  I'm just neurotic like that because it's soooo close to an A.

Quoting honeyrder:

by Bronze Member on Nov. 19, 2017 at 8:11 PM

See I was reading his school handout to see what it says about grades & it says that grades for the 4 core subjects are based on 2 assessments each trimester.  I don't see anything that says assessments on the portal only Midterm & Final, which he got 96% and 99%, but still only a final grade of 89%.

I think I will talk to the principal for someone to explain because I don't want to put any more energy into the portal if the grade it gives isn't accurate.

Actually I will ask his English teacher.  She seems like she might be willing to explain to me even if her "weight" might be different.

Quoting TheMommyTaxi:

I believe that it's weighted.  Our school has the practice (homework) weighted at 20% and assesments (tests/projects) are 80% of their grade.  I would bet that the larger numbers (the /100 scores) are the assesments and they are the higher weight.

by Member on Nov. 19, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Yep, it's probably the weighting.  Also, with the "missing grade" stuff, it's not always that the kid is missing work, some of the portals (my kids have a different system than the district I work in) when the teacher puts a grade in for ONE kid, it autofills in that number for every kid.  My daughter had that issue in art once.  She's a great artist (as reflected by her grades) but she's methodical.  She turns her stuff in on time, but not the "first to turn in" so the teacher graded a portfolio for one kid, which put in 100 points for everyone, she hadn't turned it in yet (or it wasn't graded) and when I looked she had like 2%...it was the portal, not the actual work.  It can't hurt to ask how the grades are figured though.  Just be respectful and positive, not demanding and rude or "that mom"... LOL

by Bronze Member on Nov. 19, 2017 at 9:01 PM

Yeah, I don't want to be that mom because he has other issues as well.  And he's happy with a "B" so it's really my issue.  But as my youngest puts it "A's are so pretty!"  If it didn't give a percentage I probably wouldn't care.  It's knowing he missed Principal's Honor Roll by a total of 2% probably or now I'm just adding stuff to it. :D

I just want an understanding of how it's done to clear up any misunderstanding I have.  Or to be his dad who just cares that they pass...

Quoting TheMommyTaxi:

Yep, it's probably the weighting.  Also, with the "missing grade" stuff, it's not always that the kid is missing work, some of the portals (my kids have a different system than the district I work in) when the teacher puts a grade in for ONE kid, it autofills in that number for every kid.  My daughter had that issue in art once.  She's a great artist (as reflected by her grades) but she's methodical.  She turns her stuff in on time, but not the "first to turn in" so the teacher graded a portfolio for one kid, which put in 100 points for everyone, she hadn't turned it in yet (or it wasn't graded) and when I looked she had like 2%...it was the portal, not the actual work.  It can't hurt to ask how the grades are figured though.  Just be respectful and positive, not demanding and rude or "that mom"... LOL

by Member on Nov. 20, 2017 at 7:10 AM

It's interesting because if you add it up, points wise, he has 22.6 out of 25 and 195/200 which by my calculations which is 96%.... I don't get the .7 out of 1 type of grades either.  That's why there has to be some sort of weight.  Why would homework be as important as tests?  LOL.  You sound like you've go the right questions though, good luck and keep us updated.

by Platinum Member on Nov. 20, 2017 at 7:49 AM

Some of the grades are probably weighted. My kids' district does not round either and, as a teacher who sets the system to round, it's a tough pill to swallow. One of the things you have to accept early on is, it's your kid's grades not yours and if you care more about it than he/she does it will only eventual backfire on you.  I am a big proponent of online grades, however, it's made a lot of parents and some kids really neurotic. It's only 6th grade, let the chips fall where they may.