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GPA

Explaining gradepoint average to high school students.
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Karen Cloud

on 13 December 2016

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A Little Number
With Lifelong
Impact

Before It Is Too Late
What You
Need to Know

10-Point Scale

Quality Points

Cumulative
Do your work and turn in on-time.

Earn points for assignments.

Points become a letter grade (A, B, C, D, F).

Assignments combine to create marking period grade.

10-Point Scale:
A: 90-100%
B: 80-89%
C: 70-79%
D: 60-69%
Quality Points
Letter grades are assigned "quality points."

Designations:
A: 4 quality points = excellent
B: 3 quality points = good
C: 2 quality points = satisfactory
D: 1 quality point = poor
F: 0 quality points = failing

Quality points averaged to calculate GPA.
English B 3.0
Math C 2.0
Science C 2.0
History A 4.0
Spanish B 3.0
Art (1/2 cr.) B 1.5
Gym (1/2 cr.) A 2.0
Health (1/2 cr.) A 2.0
Study Hall -- --
Calculating Your
GPA for the Year
Total number of quality points: 19.5

Divided by total credits taken: 6.5

Equals GPA for the year: 3.0
Earning
Credits
Failing a class hurts your GPA.

Costs you money and time.

Only earn credits for classes
passed with a "D" or better.

GPA: Terms to Know
Marking Period & Grade Percent (%)
1st: A 20%
2nd: B 20%
Midterm: A 10%
3rd: A 20%
4th: C 20%
Final: B 10%
Marking periods count double and are 80% of your grade for the year.
Quality Point Calculation
Marking Period & Grade Quality Points
1st: A 4 x 2 = 8
2nd: B 3 x 2 = 6
Midterm: A 4 x 1 = 4
3rd: A 4 x 2 = 8
4th: C 2 x 2 = 4
Final: B 3 x 1 = 3
An "A" = 4 quality points.
Marking periods count twice (x 2); the midterm and final count once (x1).
8 + 6 + 4 + 8 + 4 + 3 = 33

33 divided by 10 = 3.3
Quality Points Total
This student has a "B" for the year, and this "B" will be rounded down to a 3.0.
This student has earned a total of 19.5 quality points and 6.5 credits.
3.0
Misconception
"Every year is a fresh start."

Not in the way that students assume.

GPA does not start over.

Cumulative over four years.
Cumulative GPA
(19.5 QP; 6.5 credits)

(18 QP; 7 credits)
Combined GPA Calculation
Add 9th & 10th quality points:

Add 9th & 10th credits taken:

Divide 37.5 by 13.5:
19.5 + 18 = 37.5
6.5 + 7 = 13.5
2.78
Importance of a Good GPA
Easier to maintain a good GPA

Harder to improve a weak GPA
As an upperclassmen, GPA is harder to improve.
Example: 9th

Took 6 credits of classes and
1 study hall

Passed 5 classes with C's

A "C" equals 2 quality points

10 QP divided by 6 =
Passed 7 classes

16 quality points

GPA: 2.29

9th: 1.67 10th: 2.29
GPA: 1.67
Combined 9/10
GPA: 2.0
Took 6 classes

18 quality points

11th GPA: 3.0
Combined 9, 10, 11
GPA: 2.3
Slow Improvement

1.67 2.29 3.0
Yearly GPA:
Cumulative GPA:
1.67 2.0 2.3
Every year is important.
Get involved.
Get
good