Extra Credit without Weighting
If you do not use the weighting feature on your gradebook, you may add extra credit in any number of ways. The typical methods used by teachers include:
- Add points to an existing assignment
- Create an extra credit assignment with a max value of zero points
Extra Credit with Weighting Enabled
When weighting is enabled, you may use same methods for giving extra credit as described above, but since all assignments have to be assigned to a weighted category, the extra credit will only apply to the category in which it is assigned.
You assign an "extra credit" assignment and put it in the "Quiz" category. The extra credit points awarded will raise the student's average for the "Quiz" category, which in turn raises their overall average in the class.
An Alternative Method
School Loop's gradebooks has an optional extra credit feature for use with weighting.
When used, this feature gives the student a maximum percent boost to their overall average in the class.
Let's say you set "Extra Credit" as your extra credit category (imagine that) and you set the max extra credit to 5%. Over the course of the term, you give your students a number of extra credit assignments, some worth more than others, and the total points possible for all those assignments comes to 50 points. A student who earns all 50 points of extra credit will receive the maximum boost of 5% on top of their overall average. Another student only accumulated 10 points or 20% of the total extra credit. That student will receive a 1% boost to their grade (20% of the 5% max or 1 point.).
Q: Why do student averages go all wacky after I add extra credit?
A: If you're using the optional extra credit feature in weighting, verify that:
- the extra credit category selected is not weighted (0%)
- the point value for your extra credit assignment must be greater than zero
If you're not using weighting, verify that:
- the point value of your extra credit assignment must be equal to zero
Q: I published progress reports with an extra credit assignment. Why do my students see "No Grades Published"?
A: You must publish one graded assignment before an extra credit assignment will publish to the progress reports.
Q: Why are grades dropping for some students when I add more extra credit assignments?
A: Most likely you're using the special extra credit feature with weighting. Adding a new extra credit assignment will change the total points possible in the extra credit category and could lower the student’s percentage in that category.
The extra credit category is set to give a student a 5% boost in their grade. So far the student has scored 10/10 on the one extra credit assignment giving them 100% in the extra credit category, and therefore boosting their grade the full 5% or 5 points. Now you assign another extra credit assignment worth 20 points and the student earns 5/20. Her total for the extra credit category is now 15/30 or 50% of the 5%; her boost has now gone down to 2.5% or 2.5 points.
Q: Is it possible to use the extra credit feature in weighting but hold the percent boost until the very end of the term?
A: Yes. Set the max extra credit to 0% and change it when you want to award the extra credit. Teachers use this technique as a way to prevent students from "cruising".