*Update Valid Marks*

*Update Valid Marks*

In order to create a numerical average (GPA), each mark is converted to a point value using the Grade Code (**GRC**) table. The Grade Code table is accessed from the **Valid Marks** page under the **Grade Reporting **node | **Configurations** on the navigation.** **All marks that are used for report cards and transcripts must be defined using the **Valid Marks** page.

On the far left side are all the marks in the **Valid Marks** table. In the middle of the page there are **Yes/No** radio buttons for each mark entered:

**Count in GPA Computation****Count as Attempted**indicates whether the mark is to be counted as attempted**Count as Completed**indicates whether the mark is to be counted as completed**Default Gradebook % Range**Low and High %s can be defined per mark. Teachers can use the**Restore School Recommended Defaults**button on the Gradebook**Final Marks**tab to populate the low and high %s defined on the**Valid Marks**page as the gradebook's**Final Marks**.

There are also fields for **Non-honors courses**, **Honors courses**, and **Non-academic courses** in the **Point value in GPA computation** area of the form. These fields **must** contain a value for each mark that is defined. If a mark is not used in the GPA calculation, then that mark is defined by using zero in these fields.

The **Weight Advanced Placement Courses/IB Courses** option allows different values for Advanced Placement - AP courses (**CRS.CL** = 30) and International Baccalaureate - IB (**CRS.CL** = 37 and 38) courses.

The values on this form are utilized to compute the GPA. The **Grade Points** are multiplied by the **Credit Value** and then divided by the **Total Credits** attempted.

**NOTE**: Courses designated as College Credit Only** (CRS.CL=23)** will be excluded from all GPA calculations.

*Add-On Weighted GPAs*

*Add-On Weighted GPAs*

In addition to all of the above described traditional GPAs, some schools have developed an alternative way of calculating weighted GPAs. This is sometimes referred to as the “**Huntington Weighted GPA**” making reference to the location of its conception. Aeries calls this series of GPAs “**Add-On Weighted GPAs**” making reference to the process in calculating this type of weighted GPA. The Add-On Weighted GPA can be configured from the **School Settings** form using the “W” setting.

Aeries supports storing the Add-On Weighted GPAs in the regular weighted fields for each GPA or in a completely different set of fields so that both the traditional Weighted GPA and the Add-On Weighted GPA will be able to be queried and printed.

The table below describes the field codes for all of the GPAs in Aeries.

Grade Reporting (GRD) | Cumulative (HIS) | ||||

Total | Academic | Total | Academic | 10-12 | |

Weighted | GT | GG | TP | GP | CP |

Unweighted | GTN | GGN | TPN | GPN | CPN |

Add-On Weighted | GTA | GGA | TPA | GPA | CPA |

Additionally, there are the 2 Preliminary Academic GPAs for the University of California and California State College entrance (**PUC** and **PCS**).

When options 8 or 9 are chosen on the **Aeries Variables for Current School** form, a configuration form will automatically appear.

There are 2 different ways of calculating **Add-On Weighted GPA** and both options revolve around how to calculate the amount to add-on to the **Unweighted GPA**. One Add-On Value can be calculated simply by multiplying a fixed value for every honors course passed. The other method is more complex. The second way adds up all of the honors courses passed and optionally applies a maximum number of honors courses per term. It then divides by the number of terms encountered to achieve the final Add-On Value.

A **Grade Range** is available to apply the Ad-On-Weighted GPA to a specific grade range.