The GPA Configurations page allows a district to add, configure, and edit custom district GPAs as well as GPA Weight Factors for each district defined GPA. A District can also enable or disable the Aeries built-in GPAs.


The GPA Configuration page is a feature of Aeries intended for use by early adopters and can only be turned on by a System Administrator. Please contact Aeries Support for information on enabling this feature for your district.


District GPAs/District GPA Details
The District GPAs section displays Built-in GPAs that are available for district use. Districts can also add their own District defined GPAs in this section. When a user selects a GPA, details for that particular GPA will display in the District GPA Details section right below the District GPA listing.


Aeries Built-in GPAs

Aeries Built-in GPAs are active by default; however, Aeries Built-in GPAs can be inactivated if a district prefers to define their own GPAs. To inactivate an Aeries Built-in GPA, select the desired GPA from the GPA list. The details for the Aeries built-in GPA will display in the District GPA Details section. Select the pencil Edit icon. The Edit District GPA Details window will open. The Built-in GPA can be inactivated by clicking on the drop-down arrow in the Status field and selecting “Inactive”. Click the Save button to save the changes.

Note: Activating and inactivating are only changes that can be made to a Built-in GPA on the GPA Configurations page.


District GPAs

Districts can add District defined GPAs for use at specific school sites. When a District Defined GPA is added, a Regular Weight Factor is automatically added to the GPA Weight Factors section of the newly created District GPA.  To add a District Defined GPA click the Add District GPA button. 


The Add District GPA Details window will open.


General Info Section

Short Name - Enter a short name for your District Defined GPA. There is a 6 character limit for the GPA Short Name.
Long Name - Enter a long Name for your District Defined GPA. There is a 20 character limit for the GPA Long Name.
Status - The Status field is used to Activate or Inactivate a GPA.
Description - Enter a Description for your District Defined GPA.
Calculate Weighted GPA - If this option is selected the District Defined GPA will calculate Weighted GPAs.
Calculate Non-Weighted GPA - If this option is selected the District Defined GPA will calculate non-weighted GPAs.

Note: Both the Calculate Weighted GPA option and the Calculate Non-Weighted GPA option can be selected simultaneously. If both options are selected, a Weight Factor for the Calculate Weighted GPA option will need to be added in addition to the Regular Weight Factor that is automatically created when a District Defined GPA is added. 


Course Selection Section

Courses - GPAs can be configured to run based on specific course selections. The three Courses options are: Courses, Course Characteristics, and Grad Status GPA Courses.  


Courses

This selection will define the group of courses to be included in the GPA calculation based on the CRS.NA field on the Courses page.  In the example below, the group of courses is being selected using the CRS.NA field where Academic, Non-Academic and Honors courses are defined on the Courses page. This selection is using the <> (not equal) comparison coupled with 'N'. This selection will include all course whose CRS.NA field does not equal 'N'. This comparison will include Academic and Honors courses in the GPA calculation but will not include Non-Academic courses based on the CRS.NA field.

Conditions and Comparisons for Courses option:

=   Equals

<> Not Equal

IN  Contains

>  Greater than

<  Less than

<= Less or Equal

>= Greater or Equal


Course Characteristics

This selection will define courses to be included in the GPA calculation based on the characteristics of a course set on the Characteristics tab on the Courses page. 


Grad Status GPA Courses

This selection will define courses to be included in the GPA calculation based on the Grad Status GPA designed primarily for Texas schools.  


Off Grade Course Inclusion - This option will include Off Grade Courses in the GPA Calculation.  The calculation will be based on selections made in the Off Grade Courses page. Please refer to the Off Grade Courses documentation for more information on configuring Off Grade Courses.


Rank Section

Rank Type – Rank type must match the selected Calculate Weighted or Non-Weighted option if only one option is selected. If both options are selected, then the Rank type can be either Weighted or Non-weighted.
Rank Groups - The number of desired rank groups can be set to group students by rank in lieu of giving each student an individual rank number.
Calculate Top % - If a percentage number is entered the District Defined GPA will calculate for all students but only display for the top number of students designated by the percentage number. For example, if 20 is entered, the District Defined GPA will calculate but only display for the Top 20% of students.
Display Top % to Parents and Students - If a percentage number is entered only the Top % GPA will display in the Parent/Student Portal. For example, if 35 is entered, the District Defined GPA will only display in the Parent/Student Portal for the top 35% of students.  


Languages for GPA Labels – GPA labels support translations in other languages. GPA Labels translated in this section will display on the Student Transcript Report.


Click the Save button to save all changes. Selected options will be visible in the District GPA Details section.


Click the Continue button to open the Schools and Cohorts Section.


Schools and Cohorts

The Schools and Cohorts section displays a list of schools that can be assigned a District Defined GPA. Schools designated with a Scheduling Type of Secondary or Flexible on the School Options page will be included in the school listing on the Schools and Cohorts page.

   

Selected - This column allows schools to be selected for inclusion in the District Defined GPA. To select a school place a checkmark in the Selected column for the desired school.
School - This column will display the school name. A school will be listed multiple times based on the Cohorts available at the school.
Cohort - This column will display the cohorts available for the listed school.
Other District GPAs Applied - This column will display District Defined GPAs that are being applied to this School and Cohort.
Natural Grade - This column displays the Natural Grade for the Cohort. The Natural Grade is the expected current grade level of the cohort.

Lock Class Ranks - When this option is enabled the calculation for Class Ranks will be locked by the cohort and grade selected.
Include Other Cohorts for this Grade - If this option is checked other cohorts for this grade will be included in the GPA calculation. For example, a student that is in a different cohort outside of his natural grade because the student advanced a year will be included when this GPA is calculated.  Additionally, a student that is behind his natural grade will also have his GPA calculated if this option is selected.


GPA Weight Factors

GPA Weight Factors allow weighting of District Defined GPAs.  A Regular GPA Weight Factor will automatically be added when a District Defined GPA is created. By default all Weight Factors are added with 0 Grade Points entered for all Marks thus Grade Points will need to be added to all Weight Factors before calculating GPAs. The Do Not Include in GPA column allows a district to exclude a particular mark from the GPA calculation.  Thus, if a checkmark is entered in the Do Not Include in GPA column the designated mark will be excluded from the GPA calculation for all students.

 

To Edit Grade Points enter the desired Grade Point for the Mark in the Grade Points text box located to the right of each Mark. Place a checkmark in the Do Not Include in GPA column for any Marks that need to be excluded from the GPA calculation. Grade Points and checkmarks are saved automatically.

 


Additional Weight Factors can be added to the District Defined GPA for additional weighting of courses such as for Honors courses. click the Add Weight Factor button to add a new Weight Factor. 


The Add District GPA Weight Factor window will open.  In this example we are adding a Weight Factor for Honors courses. The new Weight Factor was named Honors Weight Factor. In the Courses Selection Section the Courses type was selected. In the Courses type filter, NA-Non-Academic/Honors field (CRS.NA) from the Courses page was selected. This field will filter for courses that are tagged as equal (=) to H (Honors) in the Courses page. Thus this GPA Weight Factor will only calculate for Honors courses. 


Click the Save button to save all changes. The new Honors Weight Factor has been added. This Weight Factor will only include courses tagged with an H in the CRS.NA field in Courses.  Grade Points will need to be entered for all marks. 


Once Grade Points have been entered for all Marks the new Weight Factor can be used to calculate student GPAs.