I asked the teacher if he could [...] my attendance record from my final score.

I think omit sounds too light, almost like a joke. And ignore as thought it were an act of corruption.

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    Why not simply "exclude", as in your question title?
    – Dan Bron
    Feb 26, 2015 at 12:03
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    If you change the sentence's structure slightly, you could use disregard (assuming you want your attendance record excluded because it is poor!): "I asked the teacher if he could disregard my attendance record when calculating my final grade".
    – Dan Bron
    Feb 26, 2015 at 12:08
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    If he could leave out my attendance record..
    – user66974
    Feb 26, 2015 at 12:08
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    @Mari-LouA Great find! In particular, overlook seems particularly apt here (again assuming the attendance record is poor; this wouldn't work if the effect of the record would be to increase the final score).
    – Dan Bron
    Feb 26, 2015 at 12:19
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    If he could discount my attendance record
    – ottodidakt
    Feb 26, 2015 at 15:36

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If you don't like any of the others people have given in comments, you could try except, which, as a verb, means

except verb, transitive
5. (tr) to leave out; omit; exclude [TFD]

It carries the connotation of making a special case for the item in question.

  • +1 because although I'm not sure exactly why OP says to omit is "too light" for his purposes, I think this usage of to except is definitely a bit on the "heavy" side! :) Feb 26, 2015 at 13:43

What about expunge?

"Full Definition of EXPUNGE (transitive verb)

1: to strike out, obliterate, or mark for deletion

2: to efface completely : destroy

3: to eliminate (as a memory) from one's consciousness

source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expunge

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    Mmmm- expunge has the idea of removing something from the record completely so it cannot be seen again. The OP evidently doesn't want to delete the information from the record, just to ignore it when his final score is calculated Feb 26, 2015 at 16:19

It would involve rewording your sentence a bit, but you could ask him if he factor out your attendance record when calculating your final score.

Phrasal verb: Factor something in (or out)

Include (or exclude) something as a relevant element when making a decision:

When the psychological costs are factored in, a different picture will emerge.

Oxford Dictionaries

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