Scholar GPAs are an extremely important indicator for many schools. The Student Dashboard allows you to easily view GPAs at the school, grade, homeroom, or student level. Generate a dashboard by choosing a student group and time frame that you're interested in at the top of the page, then look to the far right to see GPA information.
In the above example, each homeroom's average GPA is displayed on the far right and the average GPA for all students in those homerooms is displayed at the bottom. You can hover over any of these numbers for a bit more detail. For example, hovering over a homeroom's GPA shows you that those numbers are accurate as of a certain date and hovering over the overall average GPA at the bottom shows you the math behind that average.
Not all students get their GPAs calculated every day. Calculations depend on assessments being entered, assessments being updated, or course grading methodologies changing. This means that a student's GPA can be accurate as of the 9th even if she hasn't had a new calculation since the 1st.
GPA calculations only include those courses which have a grading methodology set up. If a course does not have grading methodologies set up properly (read more on this here), that course's grade will not be reflected in student GPAs on the scholar dashboard.
Something else to note is that students without any GPA records do not factor into any dashboard numbers. What this means is that if a student doesn't yet have any assessments recorded for him that count toward a course grade, he won't have a GPA value at all. However, if a student has earned a 0.00 GPA due to poor performance on assessments, he will be included in calculations.
Another thing to remember is that the Student Dashboard depends partly on homeroom/advisory groups configured in your student information system. In order to take advantage of drop-down menu options like All 9th Grade Homerooms or All Grades, students must be assigned to homeroom groups with designated grade levels. The Student Dashboard displays students not according to their individual grade designation, but by their SIS homeroom assignment. This means that if you have a mixed-grade homeroom designated as 10th grade, all student GPAs in that homeroom will count toward 10th grade numbers regardless of the student makeup in that homeroom.
Course grades can depend on a number of different factors: what assessments a student has taken, whether or not those assessments count toward course grades, what weight each assessment has, etc. This is all determined by the grading methodology applied to each course. The final course grade also determines a student's GPA. The translation from letter grade to GPA can be found on each course's grading scale.
Calculating a student's current GPA across all courses at any given point in time is a bit different. In order to calculate a GPA for the student in the example below, you would first collect the following information:
- Y1 Grade for each course he's enrolled in
- The credit value of each course (all of Eric's happen to be 1 credit each)
- The GPA Points for each course (see each course's grading scale)
In this case, all of Eric's courses happen to use the same grading scale - Default (which makes this easier to calculate!):
As you can see in the table below, we're multiplying the Credits for each course by the GPA Points for that course, which gives us his GPA Points Earned value. In this case, it's 23. Now we take this GPA Points Earned value and divide it by the sum of Eric's entire credit load, which is 8.
The total here is Eric's GPA, which comes out to 2.875. Rounded up, this becomes 2.88, which is the number you will see displayed on his student page as well as on the student dashboard, and elsewhere throughout the site: