In all there are 15 different Grades & Attendance files. That's a lot. I am going to put them all in a table at the bottom of this page so that you can choose one. This is good only if you know a little about the differences between the files and so first, I will write about the differences.

I preferred the whole number types because the only advantage that the points type has over whole was not a factor for me.

**First** - the files are almost split in half by one thing - The number format used when entering the grades. *see below*

- Whole Numbers - Numbers 1 or greater (80.5, 99, 100) or
- Points - Numbers 1 or less - (fractions, percentages, decimals)

So - before you go any further, decide which number format that you prefer to use when entering grades - Whole or Points.

I made the G&A files partly because I needed to weigh the parts of my children's classes and I wanted an easy way to do it.

**Second** - **Class Grade Average Weights** - The second difference is this - Weighing graded parts of a class differently for the final *class* grade. This isn't referring to weighing parts of one test, this is referring to all of the tests *(for instance)* having more value in the final grade than some other graded part of a class such as the daily work. Here are two images that might help you understand.

In this picture, there are two weights - one for daily work and one for tests. The daily work value is 25 and the tests value is 75.

Weights for each class is set individually. There is a way to have only one weight for any of the classes when using the G&A with grade weights.

Before going any further - ask yourself if you will be weighing the grades of the parts of the *any* of the classes or not.

**Third** - The last detail that separates the files is the number of classes that your child will have. Most of the G&A files support up to 10 classes, but a few of them support more than 10.

Hopefully this "*flow chart*" has helped you narrow down the choices. Here they are again-

Whole *versus* Points | Weighted *versus* Unweighted | Number of classes

*Before moving on to the table of files*, there are two special cases in which a G&A file has one or more unique features. Those are * 48* and

The files are below.

One more thing - the G&A named ** 48** is special. It is a whole number version that has a 6-column table for grades and it has more cells for grades. Additionally,

*Another special case* - * Points V.2* is a 2-weight, 10-class grade keeper with one difference - 3 different grade scales can be used to calculate the grades and GPA. Why might you use this? You probably will not need to use this, but there are a few homeschoolers who need to use a different grade scale for one or more classes.

Choose **XLS** or **XLSX** - *XLS* is for MS Excel 97-2003; *XLSX* is for newer version of MS Excel

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Number of Classes | Weight or No Weight | Whole Numbers: 83, 83.2 |
Points: 25/30, .83, 83% |

10 | No Weight | XLS or XLSX | XLS or XLSX |

10 | Two Weights | XLS or XLSX | XLS or XLS |

10 | Three Weights | XLS or XLSX | XLS or XLSX |

10 | 9 classes have 2 weights, 1 class has 3 weights | XLS or XLSX " my file " | XLS or XLSX |

10 | - 2 WeightsPoints V.2 |
- | Points V.2 XLS or XLSX |

10 | - No Weight48 |
XLS or XLSX | - |

14 | - No Weight48 |
XLS or XLSX | - |

12 | No Weight | - | XLS or XLSX |

12 | Two Weights | - | XLS or XLSX |

16 | Two Weights | - | XLS | XLSX |

16 | Three Weights | - | XLS | XLSX |

Up to 40 | Three Weights | G&A II |

Donna Young

August 2012

August 2012

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