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Relative Grade (Definition)

This is the grade that a student would receive if he/she stopped working and received 0% for all unscored, counted activities. This grade is essentially a harsh penalty for not completing work. Many teachers decide to use this grade as the final course grade.

Some additional notes on Relative Grade-

  • An activity that counts towards a grade and has been completed will be counted in the Relative Grade.
  • An activity that counts towards the grade and has NOT been completed, will be scored a Zero in the Relative Grade (including Essay Final Drafts). 
    • When pretesting is enabled, all the activities in the course that have NOT been completed, will be scored as a Zero. 
      • Should a student pass the pretest, the remaining activities in the lesson will now be classified as "Passed Out" and will not count toward or against the grade. 
  • If an activity that counts towards a grade has a "pending" teaching score, it is NOT counted in the Relative Grade (including short writings, essays, and projects) when Autograding or Teacher Supported is selected in the course options.
  • When an activity that does not count towards the grade, has been completed or not, it will not be counted in the Relative Grade. 
  • An activity that normally would not count towards the grade and has been completed, but where the teacher changed the score, is counted in the Relative Grade with the teacher's score.


This is commonly used in credit recovery courses because it will show the point at which the student recovers the credit. 

Purpose: 

  • provides a metric that can be used if a student drops the course
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