Use Grade Override Scores in Calculations

Idea created by Brian P. Calnan on Apr 2, 2019
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Canvas should automatically use Override Grades when calculating total grades. This is especially helpful in High School. Consider the following example:

A year-long grade is calculated as follows:

• Quarters 1, 2, 3, & 4 each count for 20%
• Semester 1 & Semester 2 Exams each count for 10%

A student earns a 79.2, 79.3, 79.3, and 79.4 for Quarter grades and 80 on both of the Semester Exams. By the specified grading scale, this would calculate out to 79.44% for the overall grade.

Suppose that each term, the teacher felt that the student exhibited enough effort to warrant a "bump" up to 80, ensuring a B- as opposed to a C+. Canvas should take these Override Grades and use them to calculate the Total Grade for all grading periods. In this case, the Total Grade should be 80%, based on all of the individual overrides. However, in its current form, Canvas will ignore the overrides in this calculation and present the overall grade as the aforementioned 79.44%. Even if teachers have the opportunity to use Override Grades here, it defeats part of the purpose of doing so throughout the year.

If this feature is not added, I cannot imagine many high schools will use the Grade Override. I can understand its purpose and utility for the collegiate level, but it is not currently useful for us.