Creating a Weighted Gradebook from Scratch Creating a Weighted Gradebook from Scratch

Creating a Weighted Gradebook from Scratch

A weighted gradebook calculates grade items as a percentage of a final grade worth 100%. You need to have categories of grade items such as Quizzes worth 30% or Final Exam worth 50%. The sum of all the categories should add up to 100%. This guide has several parts. For more information, review the attachment: Demystifying the Weighted Gradebook.  

Part 1: Changing the Gradebook Settings to Weighted 

  1. Click on Grades on the Navbar
  2. Click on Settings settings button.png
  3. Click on Calculation Options calculation options button.png
  4. Under Grading System, click on the radio button next to Weighted
    grading system radio button weighted hightlighted.png
  5. Click on Save
  6. Click on Yes
  7. Click on Yes
  8. Click on Close

Part 2: Create Grade Categories (must = 100%)

  1. Click on New
  2. Click on Category
  3. Enter a Title/Name for the Category (For example, Homework, Exams, etc.)
  4. Under Weight, enter the total Weight for this category under weight enter total weight example.png

  5. Under Distribution
  • Manually assign weight to items in the category (You will have to assign the weight value for each item within the category, not recommended)

  • Distribute weights by points across all items in the category (The weights of the grade items are distributed according to the point values for each grade item, most common)

  • Distribute weight evenly across all items (All grade items in this category are worth the same no matter what point values are assigned.  Only use this if you are dropping a grade item)


      6. Click Save and Close


      7. Repeat steps 1-6 until all categories are created. 

Part 3: Create Grade Items (Can be any total points, placed inside categories): 

  1. Click on New
  2. Click on Item
  3. Click on Numeric numeric button.png
  4. Enter a Title/Name for the Grade Item
  5. Under Category, select a category for the grade item under category select a category down button highlighted.png
  6. Under Maximum Points, enter the total amount of points for the grade item total maximum points.png
  7. If you choose to Manually assign weights, (not common) change the weight value according to what you would like the weight to be in that category.  Remember each category has to be equal to 100%.  Do not change if you choose to Distribute weights according to points or evenly, the system will calculate for you.
  8. Click on Save and Close
  9. Repeat steps 1-8 for every graded item

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