How to Calculate a Report Card Grade

by Lori Furgerson

It's time for report cards and letting students know how they have done during this current semester or quarter. This time can often be stressful to teachers, but if you are organized and set aside time to focus on the math, calculating report card grades is easy to do and can be done in a timely fashion. So take your grade book and calculator to a quiet spot where you can focus and calculate report card grades for your students in no time.

Add all test scores the student received during the semester or quarter.

Take the total of all the test scores and divide it by the number of tests. For example, if a student received a 50%, 75%, 85% and 75% on tests, the total would be 285. Divide that number by 4 and the average is 71%.

Add any extra credit if it was allowed. Take the score received on the extra credit and add it to the other grades. The number you come up with is the report card grade.

About the Author

Lori Furgerson began writing for an educational company in 2005. She was a classroom teacher for 12 years and became a national literacy consultant, traveling the country to work with state departments, school districts and at the school level to improve literacy instruction. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from California State University at Northridge.

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