## Using the Grade Curve Calculator

Enter the grades in the box below, one per line. If you have more than one of a grade, you only have to enter it once, although it doesn’t change anything if you leave duplicates in. The calculator filters out duplicates. Enter the minimum and maximum grades for your distribution and press the Calculate button.

## Linear Distribution Equation

If you would rather compute the linear grade distribution by hand, here is the formula that this page uses.

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Let’s say you gave a test and want scores to be distributed between 60% and 100%. Jimmy scores a raw 72%. The overall minimum score was a 55% and the max was a 96%.

After scaling, Jimmy now has a 77% instead of his previous 72%.

## Using Excel?

Here’s the formula if you want to punch this into Excel.

=SUM(scaled_max + ((scaled_min - scaled_max) / (raw_min - raw_max)) * (ActualScore - raw_max))


The scaled_min, scaled_max, raw_min and raw_max are whatever the values you want them to be. ActualScore should be a reference to the field with the student’s raw score.

## Is a linear grade distribution fair?

Fair depends on who you ask. I’d bet that if you asked all of your students whether this curve type is fair the ones that had their grades go up would all consider it fair while the ones with lower grades after the curve would find it unfair.

The times that I’ve used this curve the scaled minimum was never below the raw minimum so everyone went up a bit. I’ve also left really low outliers out of the calculation and then manually changed them to the desired minimum grade.

For example, one student makes a 12% but the next lowest is a 67%. If the 12 was considered as part of the scale it sould scale everyone else up unfairly; and that’s actually unfair, not a student’s view of unfair. I’d toss the 12, calculate with a 67 as minimum, and then the 12 would manually scale to the same score as the 67.

## Source

The formula for this calculator came from eHow.

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