Weighted grades refer to a grading system in which certain courses or assignments are assigned greater significance or "weight" in calculating a student's overall grade point average (GPA). This approach is often used in high schools and colleges to recognize the varying levels of difficulty and rigor across different courses.
In a weighted grading system, advanced or honors courses may carry additional points or credits compared to standard courses. For example, an "A" grade in an honors course may be awarded a higher GPA value than an "A" in a regular course.
The purpose of weighted grades is to incentivize students to challenge themselves academically by enrolling in more rigorous coursework. It also acknowledges the extra effort and achievement of students who take on more challenging academic endeavors.