GRADE CENTER: How do I Create a Grading Schema?

Instructors may employ Grading Schema to display a grade as letters (A, B+ ,B , etc), Pass/Fail or custom symbols. A Grading Schema defines the values of letter grades and customized grade symbol sets. For example, a student’s quiz score is 89 out of 100. According to the predefined Grading Schema, 87%-90% range equals a B+. If you choose Letter to display a grade, the student will see B+.


A predefined grading schema (Letter) is automatically included in a course. The Letter grading schema shows up in the Primary and Secondary Display when you create/modify a column or a calculated column. Its predefined values can be changed.

 

How to create a Grading Schema

Follow the steps below to create a Grading Schema. Click here to launch a video demonstration in a new window.


1. Navigate to Manage once Full Grade Center is accessed.

 

 
 

2. Click Grading Schemas.

 



3. Click Create Grading Schema.

 



4. Under Schema Information enter the Name and Description.

 



5. Enter the Schema Mapping information.

a. Click Insert Rows arrow button to enter additional rows.
 



b. In Grades Scored Between column, type a lower number for each percentage range. The upper level of the range will be adjusted automatically.
 



c.  In the Will Equal column, type the corresponding (A, B+, C, Pass, Fail, etc.).
 



6. Click Submit.

 



The percentage range for each grade value must begin with the lesser value listed first. The values must also overlap.

For example:

  • A = 90 – 100%
  • B = 80 – 90%
  • C = 70 – 80% and so on.

Ranges must be set up in this way to avoid gaps that could occur when a score falls in between numbers in the range. The range of 80 – 90% includes all grades up to but not including 90%. The top range does include 100%; A Pass/Fail schema might be set up like this: A grade with percentage between 70 and 100% is displayed as Passed. A grade with percentage between 69 and 0% is displayed as Failed.

 

How to delete a Grading Schema

Follow the steps below to delete a Grading Schema. Click here to launch video demonstration in new window.


1. Move the cursor over the Manage menu button.

 



2. Click Grading Schemas.

 



3. Click the drop-down arrow (menu options) , Click Delete.

 



4. Click OK on the warning message (Delete this schema? This action is final and cannot be undone).

 



Instructors may delete the default Grading Schema only if they have made modifications to it. Instructors may delete any Grading Schemas they created as long as the schemas are not in use. Grading Schemas currently in use do not have a delete option. Deleting a Grading Schema cannot be undone.

 

How to modify a Grading Schema

Follow the steps below to modify a Grading Schema. Click here to launch a video demonstration in a new window.


1. Move the cursor over the Manage menu button.

 



2. Click Grading Schemas.

 



3. Click the drop-down arrow (menu options) .


4. Click Edit.

 



5. Make any changes.


6. Click Submit.

 

 

 

All columns using the Grading Schema will be updated to reflect the changes.

 

How to copy a Grading Schema

Follow the steps below to copy a Grading Schema. Click here to launch a video demonstration in new window.

  1. Move the cursor over the Manage menu button.
  2. Click Grading Schemas.
  3. Click the drop-down arrow (menu options) of the Grading Schema to be copied.
  4. Click Copy.
  5. Click OK to return to the Grade Center.

The new grading schema has a numerical suffix following the name of the original schema.

 

How to display a grade using Grading Schema

To display a grade using Grading Schema, follow these steps. Click here to launch video demonstration in new window.

  1. Click the drop-down arrow (menu options) of the desired column header.
  2. Click Edit Column Information.
  3. Under Primary Display, select the desired Grading Schema.
  4. Optional: Under Secondary Display, select an additional desired Grading Schema.
  5. Click Submit to save.

Students can only see their grade in the format specified for the Primary Display.

 

More information

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