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Grading Schemas

In the Grade Center, when an item is graded, a numeric score appears in the students'/participants' cells by default. You can choose to display grades in other ways by using grading schemas. A grading schema takes the actual points scored on a graded item and compares it to the total points possible for that item 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.

You can associate the default grading schema with an individual column or multiple 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/participants in My GradesYou can choose not to show grades to students when creating or editing a column.

Note: You can make the uppermost value in a grading schema greater than 100%. For example, if a student/participant earns 100% or more, you may choose to assign A+ to those scores.

You can edit an existing grading schema and save the changes within your course/organization. For example, you can lower the percentages needed to achieve an A, B, C, and so on. You can also create additional schemas to reflect the multiple ways you want to grade throughout your course/organization. New schemas and any edits to existing schemas only appear in the course/organization you are in. You can create as many schemas as needed.

After creation, a grading schema is included as an option in the Primary and Secondary Display drop-down lists when creating and editing columns in the Grade Center. Default grading schemas in the drop-down lists include: Score, Letter (A, B, C), and Percentage.

Reminder: You can make the uppermost value in a grading schema greater than 100%.

1. Go to Control Panel >> Grade Center >> Full Grade Center >> Manage >> Grading Schemas.

2. Click Grading Schemas.

3. Click Create Grading Schema.

4. Type a Name. - The name appears on the Grading Schemas page and in the drop-down lists for Primary Display and Secondary Display when creating or editing columns in the Grade Center. Optionally, provide a Description - The description appears on the Grading Schema page and can assist with identifying the schema.

5. 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

 
Grades Scored BetweenWill EqualGrades Manually Entered AsWill Calculate As
50% and 100% Pass Pass 75%
0% and less than 50% Fail Fail 25%

To create other types of grading schemas:

  • Click Insert New Row Here—represented by a left-pointing arrow—to insert more rows for additional values. For example, if you are using A, B, C, D, and F for your grades, you need five rows in the table.
  • Click Delete Row to remove a row from the table. At least one row must remain.
  • In the Grades Scored Betweenboxes, 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.

    Note: You cannot use the dash symbol as an entry. The dash represents a null value.

    Example

    A = 90 – 100%

    B = 80 – 90%

    C = 70 – 80%

    D = 60 – 70%

    F = 0 – 60%

  • In the Will Equal boxes, type the grade values, such as:
    • 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 are not 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 is displayed as the grade in the cell instead of A.

6. Click Submit.

You can associate the new grading schema with an individual column or multiple columns in the Grade Center.

Edit Grading Schemas

You can edit existing grading schemas in your course. The Grade Center includes a copy of a default grading schema based on assigning letters to percentages. 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/leaders to use. The edits you make to a grading schema only appear in the course/organization you make the edits in.

When editing, start from the top and edit the values for the first grade value and move to the next row. Then, delete or insert rows needed. If you navigate to another course area without saving 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 in the Grade Center. For example, you can edit a text grading schema and change Excellent to Superior. In the Grade Center column, any instances of Excellent now appear as Superior.

Copy or Delete Grading Schemas

You can copy or 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.

Copy Grading Schemas

1. On the Grading Schemas page, access a schema’s chevron button and click Copy.
 
2. The copied schema appears in the list with a number appended to the name, such as Letter (2).

Delete Grading Schemas

You can delete the default letter grading schema only if it is not currently associated with a Grade Center column. If no letter grading schema exists, Letter will not be an option in the Primary or Secondary Display drop-down lists when associating schemas to columns.

1. On the Grading Schemas page, select one or multiple schemas' check boxes.
 
Note: If no check box exists for a schema, you have associated it with a Grade Center column.
 
2. On the action bar, click Delete. Alternatively, access a schema’s chevron button and click Delete.
 
3. A warning appears stating: This action is final and cannot be undone. Click OK to delete the schema.
 
Associate Grading Shcemas

When you create or edit grade columns, you select a grading schema in the Primary and Secondary Display drop-down lists. The schema you select as the Primary Display displays the grade value in the Grade Center and to students in My Grades. The Secondary Display grade value appears in parentheses only in the Grade Center, next to the Primary Display. The secondary grade value does not appear to students.

1. Access the Grade Center.
 
2. To associate a schema, click the appropriate column header to access the contextual menu.
 
3. Click Edit Column Information.
 
4. On the Edit Column page, make a selection in the Primary Display drop-down list. If you create a customized grading schema, it appears in the list. Five default options appear:
  • Score: A numeric grade appears in the column. This is the default setting. If you do not make a selection, the score appears in the grid.
  • Letter: A letter grade appears in the column. 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 a text grading schema is created. 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 are allowed to type text in the column’s cells. If you choose to share the column results with students in My Grades, they will see the text values for their grades.

    Note: When you convert a numeric score to text without defining a text grading schema, and then return to numeric scoring, values that cannot be converted display a zero after conversion. Therefore, if you want to include text as grades, Blackboard recommends creating a text grading schema and associating it with the appropriate columns.

  • Percentage: A percentage appears in the column. For example, a score of 21/30 equals 70%.
  • Complete/Incomplete: When a student submits an item, a check mark (‌) appears in the column, regardless of the score achieved.

Note: If you use this grading schema for an assessment column, when a student/participant starts an assessment, a check mark appears in the column with the Attempt in Progress icon (). The Attempt in Progress icon is removed when a student/participant submits the assessment.

5. Optionally, make a selection in the Secondary Display drop-down list. 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 does not appear for grade columns as you cannot edit a secondary value from a grade column’s cell. If you create a customized grading schema based on text and have not used it as the Primary Display, it appears in the list. In the Grade Center column, the secondary grade value appears in parentheses. The secondary grade value does not appear to students/participants.

Note: For self-assessments, you cannot define a Secondary Display because the Primary Display is Complete/Incomplete.

6. Click Submit.

In the Grade Center grid, you see the chosen grade displays. If you do not choose a grade display for a column, only the default score appears.

This article was updated: 05/8/2017