Grading Scale and Attendance Policy

Professor Matthew M. Burke
Department of Computer Science
The George Washington University

The following two tables show the correspondence I use between numeric grades and letter grades. The first table is for final grades in which the grade of A+ is not awarded. The second table is used for individual assignments. Finally, in some of my classes, attendance is required. An explanation of my policies on attendance follows the grading scales.

GradeRange GradeRange GradeRange
   A93-100 A-90-92
B+87-89 B83-86 B-80-82
C+77-79 C73-76 C-70-72
   D65-69
   F0-64   
Table 1: Correspondence between numeric and letter grades for course final grades.
 
GradeRange GradeRange GradeRange
A+97-100 A93-96 A-90-92
B+87-89 B83-86 B-80-82
C+77-79 C73-76 C-70-72
   D65-69
   F0-64   
Table 2: Correspondence between numeric and letter grades for assignments.

Attendance Policy (where applicable; see syllabus): In order to earn a particular grade for a course, not only must the student's work be of an appropriate quality, but their attendance and participation must meet or exceed certain standards. These standards are listed in Table 3 below. The final grade a student receives will be determined by the minimum criteria they satisfy. Legitimate absences, as outlined in University policy [1] will not count against a student.

ParticipationGrade Band
90%A
80%B
70%C
60%D
otherwiseF
Table 3: Attendance criteria.

Example 1: Suppose Student X earns a grade of 96 on her assignments, but only attends class 85% of the time. She will receive a final grade of B; the A she earned due to the quality of her assignments will be shifted down to the B band of grades due to her attendance. Note that for final grades, A's are slightly problematic since there is no final grade of A+. So, if Student X had earned a 97 with an attendance of 85%, she will receive a B+ for a final grade.

Example 2: If Student Y earns an assignment grade of 86 and attends class 80% of the time, he will receive a final grade of B. Note even if he attends 100% of the time, he will still receive a B.

Example 3: If Student Z earns 98 on her assignments and attends class 58% of the time, she will still fail the class!

References

[1] www.gwu.edu/~regweb/web-content/policies.html.


mmburke@gwu.edu
Modified: Sat Aug 29 13:06:46 EDT 2009