Creating a Transcript
A transcript is a cumulative record on a 4-point scale indicating a student's level of success overall and in individual courses. On this scale any "A", including + or - , typically counts as a 4, "B's" as a 3, etc. Typical percentage breakdowns are: 90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% = D. Pass/fail indicators do not figure into a G.P.A. (grade point average). It is recommended that all student receive a letter grade for all core courses. One-full credit is given for a course that a student works on in an every-day basis for the full year and lesser credits are prorated on a comparison basis depending on number of days per weeks or amount of the school year. For example a music lesson once a week all year long would be counted as .2 or .25 credits. A Health course worked on every day for 9 weeks (1/4 of the year) would also be counted as .25 credits. A typical transcript has courses grouped either by grade level or by subject area. For purposes of modeling a transcript and how to figure a G.P.A. the following example has courses grouped by grade level and has been done for only two years.
EXAMPLE: 9th grade level
10th grade level
|Total Points = 23.0 + 22.25 = 45.25||
Total Credits = 6.75 + 6.25 = 13
Cumulative G.P.A. for the 2 years = Total Points / Total Credits = 45.25 / 13 = 3.48
Other examples of transcripts are found in Jeanne Gowen Dennis' book Homeschooling High School. (see reference section of this web page). Also, Inge Cannon's software, Transcript Pro at http://www.edplus.com, is an affordable, quality program for making transcripts.
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A transcript should be split into semesters if one of the following is true: 1) A student takes a course for only half the year. 2) A student make a different grade each semester of a full year subject.
|Course Title||1st Semester||Credit||Scale||Points||2nd Semester||Credit||Scale||Points|
|Calculation||Points: 12.0 + 10.25 = 22.25|
|Credits: 3.25 + 2.75 = 6|
|G.P.A. for the Year: 22.25 / 6 = 3.71|
Note: It is important that the preparer of the transcript should sign and date the document as well as indicate their relationship to the student.