Administrative policy requires that each teacher give a comprehensive semester test that counts no less than 5% of the semester transcript grade and no more than 20%.
The table below shows the minimum 18-week average required to earn the next higher letter grade when a 100% is scored on a semester test counted at different percentages of the final transcript grade.
|100% semester test weighted at →||5%||10%||15%||20%|
|18-week % needed to earn an "A"||88.95||88.33||87.65||86.88|
|18-week % needed to earn a "B"||78.42||77.22||75.88||74.38|
|18-week % needed to earn a "C"||67.89||66.11||64.12||61.88|
|18-week % needed to earn a "D"||57.37||55.0||52.35||49.38|
As you can see, when the semester test is counted at only 5% of the final grade, a student must have an 18-week average of 57.37% with a semester test score of 100%, but when the semester test is counted 20% of the final grade, even a student with an 18-week average of 49.38% can still pass the course.
Clearly, finals counted as a larger percentage of the semester transcript grade give an opportunity to more students than finals counted as a smaller percentage of the transcript grade.