

Grades


GPA calculations
Credit summaries
How to calculate GPA
GPA examples Grade scales 

GPA calculations 


College 
High School 
Technical 




Term 
R,T 
R 
R,T 
Cumulative 
R,T 
R,T 
R,T 
Career 
T 
T 
T 
Major
(term) 
R 


Major
(cumulative) 
R 


Major
(career) 
T 


Nonmajor
(career) 
T 


GPA in up
to 12 custom
categories 
N 
T 
N 
1st half, 2nd half, year 

R,T 

Automatic
Honor Roll
designation 

R,T 



The table above shows the
types of GPA calculations made by STAR system. The table below shows STAR System credit summaries. The tables also
list where the metrics appear on STAR System report cards (R) and transcripts
(T).
Some computations are performed for the benefit of users and are not published on documents
(N).


In STAR System, a term at a college or in a technical
program can be a semester, quarter or any similar division of the
academic calendar. For high schools, a term is one of four periods
during the school year. The first two comprise the first half of the
year and the last two comprise the second half. 

Credit
summaries 


College 
High School 
Technical 




Term 
R,T 

R,T 
Cumulative 
R,T 
R,T 
R,T 
Career 
T 
T 
T 
Major (term) 
R 


Major
(cumulative) 
R,T 


Major
(career) 
T 


Nonmajor
(career) 
T 


Attempted vs. completed 
N 
N 
N 
Year 

R,T 

Credits
in up to 12 custom
categories 
N 
T 
N 


How to calculate
Grade Point Average


If you're not familiar with GPA, the following
will help you understand how it is arrived at.
1 Total the attempted credits
This is the sum of the credits (or credit hours) for all the courses attempted.
Include any failed courses, but leave out audited, incomplete or withdrawn courses.
2 If the grade given is a letter, convert
the grade to its numerical value
For example, on a four point grade scale, A equals 4, B equals 3,
etc.
3 Calculate the credit weighted grade (CWG) for each attempted course
Multiply the numerical grade in each course by the number of credits
awarded.
4 Total the credit weighted grades
Add CWG for all courses attempted.
5 Calculate GPA
Divide total CWG by total attempted credits. 

GPA examples 


Credits 
Grade 
No.
equiv. 
Calculation 
CWG 
GPA 







Course 1 
3 
C 
2 
3 x 2 
6 

Course 2 
3 
A 
4 
3 x 4 
12 

Course 3 
1 
A 
4 
1 x 4 
4 

Course 4 
4 
B 
3 
4 x 3 
12 

Course 5 
3 
B 
3 
3 x 3 
9 

Course 6 
3 
F 
0 
3 x 0 
0 








Total 
17 



43 








GPA 



43 / 17 

2.53 




Credits 
Grade 
No.
equiv. 
Calculation 
CWG 
GPA 







Course 1 
1 
86 

1 x 86 
86 

Course 2 
.5 
94 

.5 x 94 
47 

Course 3 
1 
93 

1 x 93 
93 

Course 4 
1 
73 

1 x 73 
73 

Course 5 
.5 
68 

.5 x 68 
34 

Course 6 
1 
91 

1 x 91 
91 








Total 
5 



424 








GPA 



424 / 5 

84.8 



Grade scales


Grade scales vary widely from school to school
and place to place. STAR System is designed to work equally well
with virtually any grading scheme.
In STAR System a distinction is made
between "discrete" and "continuous" grading:
• Discrete grading The grade assigned by an
instructor is a letter (or a combination of letter and number) that
needs to be converted to a numeric scale in order to be averaged with
other grades. For example, "A"
• Continuous grading The grade assigned by an
instructor is a number that does not need to be converted in order to
be averaged with other grades. For example, "86"
When setting up STAR System for your
school, choose either discrete or continuous based on the
grading system you use.
In either case you can display equivalents
in the grade scale section of your STAR System report cards and
transcripts. If you assign number grades you can display their
letter equivalents. For example, you can show that 97100 is
A+. Conversely, if you assign letter grades you can display their
numeric equivalents. For example, an A+ is 97100.
In STAR System, you can base your
grade scale on any nonnegative 1, 2 or 3 digit numbers. Your scale can include
ranges (for example, A = 90 to 100) or it can be set to specific numbers
(for example, A = 4).
You can make up to 15 grade distinctions
(for example, A+, A and A equal 3 grade distinctions).
The table below shows common grade scales
and the recommended choice in STAR System.


Discrete 
Continuous 
Either 




010 

x 

0100 

x 

020 

x 

04 

x 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 


x 
1.00, 1.25, 1.50, 1.75, 2.00,
2.25, 2.50, 2.75, 3.00, 5.00 


x 
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 


x 
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 


x 
12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 


x 
26 

x 

4, 3, 2, 1, 0 


x 
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 


x 
6, 5, 4, 3, 2 


x 
6, 5.5, 5, 4.5, 4, 3, 2, 1 


x 
7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 


x 
8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 


x 
A*, A, B, C, D, E, F, G 
x 


A, A, B, B, C, C, D, F 
x 


A, B, C, D 
x 


A, B, C, D, E, FX, F 
x 


A, B, C, D, F 
x 


A, B, C, F 
x 


A, B, C+, C, C, F 
x 


A+, A, A, B+, B, B, C+, C, C, D+, D, D, F 
x 


A+, A, A, B+, B, B, C+, C, C, D+, D, E 
x 


A+, A, A, B+, B, B, C+, C, C, F 
x 


A+, A, B, C, D, F 
x 


A1, A, B, C, D, E 
x 


A1, A2, B3, B4, C5, C6, D7, E8, F9 
x 


D, FC, SC,
TC, F 
x 


E, VG, G 
x 


E, VG, G, AD, AC, W 
x 


E, VG, G, S, P 
x 


EX, GR, GD, A, W 
x 


H1, H2A, H2B, H3, P, N 
x 


HD, D, Cr, P, F1, F2 
x 


L, E, M, C, B, A, I 
x 


PGD, GD, D, S, F 
x 


SG, G, D, G, NG 
x 


VG, G, U 
x 

  


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