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In the Grade Center, when an item is graded, a numeric score appears in the students' cells by default. You can choose to display grades in other 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. This percentage is mapped to a range of scores and displays a grade, such as a letter (A, B, C) or Pass/Fail. This information is presented in a table format.
The Grade Center includes a copy of a default grading schema based on assigning letters to the percentages. Your institution may edit this schema to reflect a general grading schema used for all courses. The grade schema is based on raw scores that are assigned and may differ from the rounded-up grades shown in the Grade Center grid.
You can associate the default grading schema with one or more columns in the Grade Center. When you grade items, the grade values (letters) appear in the cells in the Grade Center grid and to students in My Grades. You can choose not to show grades to students when creating or editing a column.
You can make the uppermost value in a grading schema greater than 100%. For example, if a student earns 100% or more, you can assign A+ to those scores.
After creation, a grading schema is included as an option in the Primary and Secondary Display menus when you create and edit columns in the Grade Center.
Letter grading schema: For a quiz, a student's raw numeric score is 88 out of 100 points possible. In a grading schema in which a percentage of 87 to less than 90 equals a B+, a student's score of 88 results in a B+. In the quiz's Grade Center column, a B+ appears. If you release the column's grades to students, letter grades appear in My Grades.
Text grading schema: For an assignment, a student's raw numeric score is 78 out of 100 points possible. You create a grading schema based on text terms, such as Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor. A student's score of 78 results in Good. In the quiz's Grade Center column, the term Good appears. If you release the column's grades to students, the text terms appear in My Grades.
Test curve grading schema: You create a test grading schema and associate it with all test columns. You require at least 94% for an A. But, for one particular test, you want to make an adjustment because of low scores. You can associate another custom grading schema with that test's column to reflect a curve you want to apply to those lower scores. In this test curve schema, an A can equal grades scored between 90% and 100%. You can create as many test curve schemas as you want and associate them with the appropriate columns.
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- In the Grade Center, access the Manage menu and select Grading Schemas.
- On the Grading Schemas page, select Create Grading Schema and provide a name and an optional description. The name appears on the Grading Schemas page and in the menus for Primary Display and Secondary Display when you create or edit columns.
- In the Schema Mapping section, two default rows appear with ranges of percentages. You can edit the two ranges to customize a Pass/Fail schema.
Pass/Fail schema Grades Scored Between Will Equal Grades Manually Entered As Will Calculate As 50% and 100% Pass Pass 75% 0% and less than 50% Fail Fail 25%
You can create other types of grading schemas with these options:
- Select Insert New Row Here: Insert more rows for additional values. For example, if you use A, B, C, D, and F for your grades, you need five rows in the table.
- Select Delete Row to remove a row from the table. At least one row must remain.
- In the Grades Scored Between boxes, type percentage ranges for the grade values. The percentage range for each grade value must be unique and begin with the lesser value listed first. Also, the values must overlap to avoid gaps that occur when a score falls between two numbers in a range. The range of 80 - 90% includes all grades up to, but not including 90%. The top range does include 100% or whatever your top value is.
You can't use the dash symbol as an entry. The dash represents a null value.
A = 90 - 100%
B = 80 - 90%
C = 70 - 80%
D = 60 - 70%
F = 0 - 60%
- In the Will Equal boxes, type the grade values:
- A, B, C, D, and F
- 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
- Pass and Fail
- Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory
- Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor
Duplicate grade values aren't allowed.
- In the Will Calculate as boxes, type the percentage values to use if you provide a grade manually. The percentages must fall between the corresponding range of percentages in the first column. For example, grades you score manually as A (90 - 100%) will be calculated as 95%. For an item with 100 points possible, if you change the grading schema from letter grades to numeric scores, 95 appears as the grade in the cell instead of A.
- Select Submit.
Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about editing grading schemas.
You can edit an existing grading schema and save the changes within your course. For example, you can lower the percentages needed to achieve the letter grades. New schemas and edits to existing schemas only appear in the course you're in.
If you want to retain the default grading schema, you can copy it and edit the values. Your institution may edit this schema to reflect a general grading schema they want instructors to use.
If your institution makes changes after you edit the default grading schema, your institution's changes aren't reflected in your course.
When you edit a schema, start from the top and edit the values for the first grade value and move to the next row. Then, delete or insert rows. If you navigate to another course area before you save a grading schema, any unsaved changes are lost.
If you associate a grading schema with columns in the Grade Center and edit the schema, the changes appear automatically. For example, you can edit a text grading schema and change Excellent to Superior.
You can copy and delete existing grading schemas in the Grade Center. For example, if you want to make minor changes to the default letter grading schema, you can retain it by copying it and editing it. On the Grading Schemas page, access a schema's menu and select Copy or Delete.
A copied schema appears in the list with a number appended to the name, such as Letter(2).
You can delete the default letter grading schema only if you haven't associated it with a Grade Center column. If no letter grading schema exists, Letter isn't an option in the Primary or Secondary Display menus.
If no check box exists for a schema, you have associated it with a Grade Center column and can't delete it.
When you create or edit grade columns, you can select a grading schema in the Primary and Secondary Display menus. The schema you select as the Primary Display is the grade value in the Grade Center and what students see in My Grades. The Secondary Display appears in parentheses only in the Grade Center, next to the Primary Display. Students don't see the secondary value.
- Access the appropriate column's menu and select Edit Column Information.
- On the Edit Column page, make a selection in the Primary Display menu. If you created customized grading schemas, they appear in the list. Five default options appear:
- Score: A numeric grade is the default setting. If you don't make a selection, the score appears in the grid.
- Letter: A letter grade appears. The default grading schema is used to assign letter grades. For example, a score of 21/30 equals 70% and appears as a C.
- Text: Text appears in the column when you create and associate a text grading schema. Examples of text values include: Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor -OR- Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory. If no text grading schema exists, and you select the Text option, you can type text in the column's cells. If you choose to share the column results with students in My Grades, they see the text values for their grades.
When you convert a numeric score to text without creating a custom text grading schema, and then return to numeric scoring, values that can't be converted display a zero after conversion. If you want to include text as grades, We recommend that you create a text grading schema and associate it with the appropriate columns.
- Percentage: A percentage appears. For example, a score of 21/30 equals 70%.
- Complete/Incomplete: When a student submits an item, a Completed icon appears in the column regardless of the score achieved.
- Optionally, make a selection in the Secondary Display menu. The default setting is None. The same options appear in this list with the exception of the option chosen as the Primary Display and Text. The default Text option doesn't appear for grade columns as you can't edit a secondary value from a grade column's cell.
For self-assessments, you can't define a Secondary Display because the Primary Display is Complete/Incomplete.
- Select Submit.
In the Grade Center grid, you see the chosen grade displays. If you don't choose a grade display for a column, only the default score appears.
Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about grading schemas.
When an item is graded in your course, a numeric score appears as the grade by default. Grades appear in the gradebook, on Grades pages, and in your course with the graded items for students, such as assignments and tests.
For each graded item and calculation, you can choose to display grades as points, letters (A, B, C), or a percentage with the grading schema. A schema takes the points scored on an item and compares it to the item's total points possible to derive a percentage. This percentage is mapped to a range of scores and displays a grade, such as a letter.
In the Ultra Course View, each course has one default grading schema. You can't create new schemas at this time.
For the total grade, a student's raw numeric score is 88 out of 100 points possible. In a grading schema in which a percentage of 87 to less than 90 equals a B+, the student's score of 88 results in a B+.
At this time, regardless of the range of values you use in your schema, the grade pill colors and corresponding percentages don't change from the Ultra color scheme. Your correct grade appears, but the color matches the Ultra color scheme. However, your institution can disable the color scheme for all courses. Visit the Assign Grades topic to learn more.
Open the grading schema
From your gradebook, you can make changes to the default grading schema. Select the Settings icon to access the Gradebook Settings panel. Select the schema's name to open it, such as Letter. The default schema's name and values are defined by the administrator. You can't create new grading schemas at this time.
If you make changes, the changes only apply to the course you're in.
If your institution makes changes to the default grading schema, the changes aren't reflected in your course. Only new courses created after the change have the edited schema.
You can rename the schema in your course. The name change only applies to the course you're in. Point to the title to access the edit icon. Schema titles have a 64-character limit. The name change appears in the Grade using menu when you create graded items and in existing graded items.
You can also edit, delete, or add grade ranges. Select a value to edit it. Start from the bottom and edit the values for the last grade value and move to the next row. You can make the uppermost value greater than 100%. For example, if a student earns 100% or more, you can assign A+ to those scores.
To delete a row, point to the row and the delete icon appears. At least two rows must remain for the schema to be valid, and you can't delete the last row. To insert a row, select the plus sign wherever you want to add a row except before the first row.
When you add or delete rows or edit values in the schema, the remaining rows and values adjust when you save. The system ensures that no numeric gaps exist in the schema. The system also displays an error message when you type an invalid number.
Select Save when you're finished. You're unable to leave the panel until you select Save or Cancel. Then, select the X to return to the Gradebook Settings panel.