## Using the 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.

Minimum
Maximum
One per line

## Linear Distribution Equation

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

where

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 max was 96%.

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

## Is a linear grade distribution curve 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 would scale everyone else up unfairly; and that’s actual unfair, not a student’s version of unfair. I’d toss the 12, calculate with the 67 as minimum, and then the 12 would manually scale to the same score as the 67.

## Source

The forumla for this calculator came from eHow.

## 10 thoughts on “Linear Grade Distribution”

1. Weird, not sure what happened but there was an extra set of quotes getting added to the HTML which broke the script.

• What’s not working? What happens when you enter data and press Calculate?

What browser are you using?

2. Am late to this party… BUT….
Am using Google Chrome… working fine for me.

Did you input the actual grades.. you have to do that in the large window .

After calculate… it SHOULD show you two columns.
Left one should be “original”… right one should be “adjusted”.

3. Unfortunately, I think the code isn’t displaying all the grades. I put in 29 grades and got back only 23.

• Any duplicates in the original set?

4. The min. and max values are what you WANT them to be, not what they actually are. If you put in the actual, uncurved, min/max value, it will appear as though it doesn’t work.

5. Thanks very much for sharing this. Works perfectly and saved me SO MUCH time calculating each grade individually. You are THE BEST!

• Thanks for the note. I don’t curve often, but when I do this is the way I do.