Grading Guidelines

Faculty at ECC have quite a bit of freedom in designing courses (provided all course outcomes are met - see the courses menu to the left), but sometimes it can be good to know what is typical at a school. What follows are some rough guidelines for what faculty do at ECC.

Grading Categories

Each instructor establishes their own grading breakdown, but here are some typical categories.

Attendance and Participation (0% to 10%)

Homework (10% - 20%)

Quizzes (15% to 20%)

Exams (40% to 55%)

Labs (10% - 15%)

Final Exam (20% to 25%)

Example Breakdowns

Point Grades

There are two grading schemes to choose from: point grades and weighted grades. With a point system, you assign a total number of points to each assessment. When overall course grades are calculated, a point in one category is equivalent to a point in any other category. This is helpful for some students, as it equates a point on a homework assignment with a point on a quiz or exam.

Below are two examples of point grading schemes. Keep in mind that these are just examples, and your own system does not necessarily need to match one of these.

Example 1 (developmental)

 

Grade Categories

Weight

Attendance/Participation

30

Homework

100

9 Quizzes (20 points each - lowest dropped)

160

7 Chapter Exams (100 points each)

700

Cumulative Final Exam

200

Example 2 (developmental)

 

Grade Categories

Weight

Chapter Tests (7 @ 80 points)

560

Quizzes and Homework Checks

80

Graded Homework Assignments

160

Cumulative Final Exam

200

Example 3 (college level)

 

Grade Categories

Weight

10 Homework Quizzes (20 points each)

200

5 Exams (100 points each)

500

4 Labs (25 points each)

100

Cumulative Final Exam

200

Weighted Grades

With weighted grades, each category of assessments is given a weight as part of the students' final calculated grades. Within each category, it is most common for each item to be weighted evenly, though this is not required. The system can be a bit more flexible, as it allows additional assessments to be added in categories, without the overall weighting of each category changing.

If you're considering giving periodic "pop" quizzes, this category would allow you to weight those quizzes for 10% of the overall grade, regardless of how many quizzes you end up giving in class.

Below are two examples of weighted grading schemes. Keep in mind that these are just examples, and your own weights do not necessarily need to match one of these.

Example 1 (developmental)

 

Grade Categories

Weight

Attendance/Participation

5%

Homework

10%

Pretests, Worksheets, Quizzes

15%

Chapter Exams

50%

Cumulative Final Exam

20%

Example 2 (college level)

 

Grade Categories

Weight

Homework

10%

Quizzes

15%

Projects/Labs

10%

4 Unit Exams

50%

Cumulative Final Exam

25%