Your institution controls which tools are available in the Original Course View. The gradebook is always available to instructors in the Ultra Course View.

Access the Grade Center

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about accessing grades.

You access the Grade Center from the Control Panel. Expand the Grade Center section to display the links to the Needs Grading page, the Full Grade Center, and the smart views.

More on accessing the Grade Center with JAWS®

On the Needs Grading page, you can begin grading assignments, group assignments, tests, blog and journal entries, wiki page saves, and discussion posts.

More on the Needs Grading page

The Full Grade Center link displays all columns and rows in the Grade Center and is the default view of the Grade Center.

The smart view links appear as an indented list in the Full Grade Center section. A smart view is a focused look at the Grade Center and shows only the data that matches a set of criteria. You can use smart views to quickly find data when the Grade Center includes a great number of students and columns. For example, the default Tests smart view displays only test columns.

More on smart views

You can customize your view of the Grade Center and create grading schemas, grading periods, categories, and columns to present and gather the information you need.

More on customizing your view


Grade Center functions

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about grading functions.

You can perform many actions in the Grade Center with the functions appearing in two rows at the top of page.

These functions appear in the first row:

  • Create Column: Create a grade column.
  • Create Calculated Column: Access a menu with options to create calculated columns.
  • Manage: Options include grading periods, schemas, categories, color coding, row visibility, email, and column organization.
  • Reports: Create reports from Grade Center data and access the grade history for all students.
  • Filter: Narrow your view of the Grade Center data. Select Filter to expand the field and select an option from these menus:
    • Current View: Includes the Full Grade Center view, smart views, and grading periods. You can select one of the views to use as the default view with the Set Current View as Default icon.
    • Category: Includes all default categories and those you have created.
    • Status
    • Show attempts that don't contribute to user's grade: The default view in a grade cell's menu shows each attempt made. You can clear the check box and see only the attempt you need to grade in each grade cell's menu.

      More on filtering attempts

  • Work Offline: Work with Grade Center data outside of Blackboard Learn.

These functions appear in the second row:

  • Move to Top: Select one or more check boxes for users and select Move to Top to move the rows to the first positions in the grid.
  • Email: Select one or more check boxes for users, select Email, and make a selection.
  • Sort Columns By: Access a menu with options to sort the Grade Center items.
  • Order: Sort the data in ascending or descending order. The view remains until you sort columns again or log out.

Access Grade Center menus

Throughout Blackboard Learn, items may have menus with options that are specific for each item.

In the Grade Center, all cells and column headers have a menu. For example, a test column's menu includes options for Column Statistics and Grade Questions. For a non-grade column, such as First Name, you only have the options to hide the column and sort the cells. If an option doesn't appear in the menu, you can't perform the action on that column, row, or cell.

Point to a cell or column header to see the Click for more options icon. Select the icon to access the menu.

You won't see some menu options if your institution uses an older version of Blackboard Learn or disables some functions.


Menu options for columns

Each column's menu displays options specific for that column. These options may be available.

Column Options
Option Description
Quick Column Information Displays information about the column in a pop-up window.
Send Reminder You can send email reminders from Grade Center columns to students and members of groups who have missing coursework.
Grade Attempts Provide a grade for an attempt made for this item.
Grade with User Names Hidden Provide grades for this item with student identities hidden.
Item Analysis Provides statistics on overall test performance and individual test questions. This data helps you recognize questions that might be poor discriminators of student performance. Use this information to improve questions for future test administrations or to adjust credit on current attempts.
Attempts Statistics Displays the Statistics page for tests and surveys. Each question for a test or survey appears, along with its score information for tests or percent answered for surveys. On the Survey Statistics page, you can view the survey results. The percentage of students who selected each answer appears. You can't view individual results for surveys.
Download Results Download Grade Center data for this column as a delimited file that is used in other applications, such as spreadsheet programs or statistical analysis programs.
View All Attempts Displays the View All Attempts page for tests. From this page, you can grade the attempts, grade them anonymously, or grade by question.
Grade Questions Provide grades for all of the responses for a specific question at one time.
Assignment File Download Select and download files students have attached to their assignments.
Assignment File Cleanup Select and delete the files attached to an assignment.
Edit Column Information Displays the Edit Column page for this column.
Column Statistics Displays the Column Statistics page for this column. Statistics include column details, status distribution, grade distribution, and basic statistics, such as range, average, median, and variance.
Set as External Grade The results in the External Grade column are shared with your institution as your students' final grades for your course. You decide which column is set as the external grade. In new courses, the default Total column is the default external grade column, and the External Grade icon appears in the column header.
Hide from Students (on/off) Hide this column from users. If you hide the column, the column remains in the Grade Center grid, but your students will not see it in My Grades. In the grid, the Column Not Visible to Users icon appears in the column header for any column hidden from students. Select again to show the column to users.
Clear Attempts for All Users Displays a separate window where you can clear attempts for all users. You can clear attempts based on criteria or a date range.
Sort Ascending/Sort Descending Display the items in the column in an ascending or descending order.
Hide from Instructor View Hides the column from view in the Grade Center. To show the column, select the Manage menu and select Column Organization.

Menu options for cells

To see the Click for more options icon, point to the cell in the Grade Center grid. Select the icon to access the menu.

Example:

When you access the menu for a user's name cell, you have options to hide a user's row, hide other rows to focus your attention on one row, or email a user. You can view which items are visible to a user based on availability and adaptive release rules or which items a user marked reviewed.

You can also view the User Statistics page which provides statistical information related to a user's performance.

More on user statistics

Can I show just one student's row?

You can narrow your view to show only one student's row. Then, you can focus on that student or share grades with the student in a live office session. The grades for other students are protected and privacy is maintained.

Access the menu for a user's name cell and select Hide Other Rows.


Grade Center icon legend

In the lower-right corner of the Grade Center, select Icon Legend to view the icon descriptions. Icons can appear in the Grade Center cells, attempt menus, column headers, on the Grade Details page, and on the Needs Grading page.

You won't see the "Does not contribute to user's grade" icon if your institution uses an older version of Blackboard Learn. Learn more about choosing which attempt to grade.


ULTRA: Watch a video about the gradebook

The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.


Video: Gradebook shows the grading interface in Ultra.


ULTRA: Access the gradebook

Instructors, you're in the right place!
Students, view grade information specific to students.
Administrators, view grade information specific to administrators.

See what you need to grade in all your courses, or drill right into a course and get started.

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about accessing grades.

Global Grades page

Do you want to see everything that needs grading in all your courses?

In the list where your name appears, you have access to all your courses' grading tasks on the global Grades page. Select an item's title to open it in a layer. Choose a submission and start grading!

All your grading tasks are organized by course. No need to navigate to each course to see what's ready for grading. Want more details? Select a course, and view all the coursework and management functions.

The page only displays information if you need to take action. You see items that are ready to grade or which assignments, tests, and graded discussions are overdue for how many students.

If you participate in courses as an instructor and a student, the page shows information for both roles.

Original and Ultra Course Views appear together in alphabetical order.

In the Original Course View, you complete your grading tasks in the original Grade Center interface.

Course gradebook

Ready to dig in and start grading?

Inside your course, you can access the course gradebook on the navigation bar. Select the Gradebook icon to access all the coursework that's specific to the course you're in.

The gradebook is populated with students when they're enrolled in your course. You can grade coursework, manage items, and post grades from two views:


ULTRA: Item list

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about grading functions.

The item list is your default view of the course gradebook. You can view all the coursework you have assigned and your grading progress. You can also access the management functions.

Determine your view. Change from item list to the student grid view.

Open items. Select an item's title to open a new layer. See whose submissions need grading and who hasn't received their grades yet.

Check your progress. See how many submissions you need to grade and grades you have to post. Complete indicates you have no outstanding grading tasks for that item. The All graded status appears when all submitted attempts have been graded and posted, but some students may not have submitted work yet and don't have grades.

Manage grades. Select the More options icon to access an item's management functions, such as Edit and Delete.

Add a row. Select the plus sign wherever you want to add a row for these:

  • Add Item: Add a row for coursework, such as a participation grade. Your title is limited to 255 characters. Choose the grade unit, such as points or letter.
  • Add Calculation: Add a row for a calculation, such as an average assignments grade.

Rearrange items. Press the Move icon in the row of the item you want to move. Drag the item to the new location and release. The order you choose also appears in the grid view and on students' Grades pages. You can't move items in the grid view at this time.

More on rearranging the gradebook list view


ULTRA: Student grid

The student grid displays the scores students have earned. Select a cell to begin grading.

If more than one student has the same name, select a student's profile picture. A pop-up profile card displays the student's ID. Duplicate names are ordered by ID.

If you hid student names for assessments without questions, you'll see Anonymous in each student's cell. You can't assign or edit grades.

More on anonymous grading

Assign and manage grades. New Submission appears in cells when students have submitted work. Click anywhere in a column to access the management functions or assign a grade. Select the cell or grade value to edit an existing grade or add a new entry. After you assign a value, click anywhere outside the grade area to save.

View submissions. If a submission exists, select View in the menu to view the student's work. The View option is disabled if no submission exists.

Post grades. When you're ready to release grades to students, select the Post option in the column header. All grades you've assigned for this column are posted for students to see. If you want to post one at a time, click within that student's cell and select Post in the menu. Posted grades appear with a Posted message in the column.

Add items or calculations. Select the plus sign wherever you want to add an item or calculation.

View total points. In each column header, you can view the total points for each item or calculation and easily see the grade each student earned.

View your grading progress. In each column header, the number of graded submissions appears, along with the number of grades you've posted. When you've graded and posted all the submissions, Complete appears.


ULTRA: Gradebook settings

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about grading settings.

You can make basic settings that fit your grading methods, such as editing the grading schema.

From your course gradebook, you can add or make changes to your existing settings. Select the Settings icon to access the Gradebook Settings panel.

Gradebook Settings panel

From the Gradebook Settings panel, you can make changes to the default letter grading schema. You can also view the gradebook categories and create and manage rubrics.

You can't create new grade schemas or change the post grade option at this time.

Grade schemas

You can choose to display grades in different ways with grading schemas. A schema takes the points scored on an item and compares it to the item's total points possible to derive a percentage. The system maps this percentage to a range of scores and displays a grade, such as a letter (A, B, C). You can edit a grading schema at any time.

Example:

For the total grade, a student's raw numeric score is 88 out of 100 points possible. In a grading schema where a percentage of 87 to less than 90 equals a B+, the student's score of 88 results in a B+.

You can edit the Letter schema and rename it. Grade schema titles have a 64-character limit. You can also edit, delete, or add grade ranges. When you change or add a value in the schema, the remaining values adjust. The system ensures that no numeric gaps exist in the schema. You can delete rows in your schema, but at least two must stay to remain valid.

Categories

When you create a gradable item, it automatically appears in the gradebook and is associated with the appropriate category. You can use categories when you create calculated items, such as an assignments average.

You can create new categories to customize how coursework is grouped in your course. Custom categories can be useful when you set up the overall grade.

To create a new gradebook category, select the Settings icon to access the Gradebook Settings panel. Select Add New Category and type a name.

Each time you create a graded item in your course, you have the option to change the grade category so the item is grouped into one of the custom gradebook categories. On the Gradebook Settings panel, select the custom category in the Grade Categories menu.

More on how to create a test

More on how to create an assignment

Overall grade notations

You can create and manage grade notations to override a student's overall grade if their performance falls outside the defined schema. For example, if a student has to withdraw from your course in the middle of a semester, you can use a grade notation to indicate the student's circumstance or situation without assigning an actual grade.

Create a grade notation in the Gradebook Settings panel. To apply a grade notation, go back to the gradebook in grid view and select within a student's overall grade cell. In the menu, choose the notation. The cell will turn gray to indicate that you overrode the overall grade.

To remove the override, select the student's overall grade cell and select Undo Override. The overall grade reverts back to the overall grade calculation you defined for the course.


ULTRA: Assign automatic zeros

You can choose to automatically assign zeros to missing work past the due date. Students and groups can still submit work after an automatic zero is assigned and you can grade as normal.

After you enable this setting, you don't have to go through your gradebook to manually assign zeros. The automatic zeros setting applies to these graded items:

  • Assignments and group assignments
  • Tests and group tests
  • Graded individual and group discussions

The automatic zeros setting doesn't apply when you collect submissions offline. As the instructor, you manually create the student attempts and submission dates and times.

More on collecting submissions offline

In the Gradebook, select the Settings icon to access the Gradebook Settings panel. Select the Assign automatic zeros for past due work check box.

In new Ultra courses, the automatic zeros setting is enabled by default.

Next, select Assign Zeros. All past due work will receive automatic zeros. Affected students’ point totals will update.

Automatic zeros on the Gradebook page

On the Gradebook page in list view, students' grade pills display "0" when no submissions exist and the due date has passed. The label Automatic zero appears next to the grade pills. The label Complete also appears as you have nothing to grade. Automatic zeros are posted automatically.

On the Gradebook page in grid view, the column titles are in red when the due date has passed. In student cells, "0" and Automatic zero appear.

Students can submit late to update their grades. You may want to include how late work is graded in item instructions or your syllabus. When a student submits after the due date, the automatic zero is removed. A late label appears with the submission date and time.

Students with due date accommodations aren't affected by this setting. You can add a due date accommodation to revoke an automatic zero. Automatic zeros are assigned to work that's past due when you add a new student or group to your course.

If a member of a group has a due date accommodation, no one in the group receives an automatic zero after the due date passes. If you move that member out of the group, the group gets an automatic zero after the due date passes.

More on due date accommodations

Disable automatic zeros

You can disable the automatic zeros setting at any time. In the Gradebook Settings panel, clear the automatic zeros check box. Next, make a selection:

  • Keep existing automatic zeros
  • Clear existing automatic zeros

Automatic zeros will no longer be assigned. If you cleared the automatic zeros, affected students' point totals are updated.

Change the due date

You can change the due date of an item that already has automatic zeros assigned in the gradebook. You receive a confirmation about the consequences:

  • Change due date to a date in the future: Existing automatic zeros for past due work will be cleared.
  • Change due date to a date in the past: The item is now past due and zeros will be assigned.

If you select Cancel, the due date reverts to the original due date.