Change Grading Settings

Set Grading Scale

With Engrade, you can set up a grading scale for your class a number of different ways. You can set up a custom grading scale or choose from options provided by Engrade. You can also elect to manual enter grades.

  1. Select the name of the class for which you would like to update the grading scale.

  2. Hover over the Options button and select Grading Settings from the drop-down menu.

  3. On the Grade Settings tab, select the desired grading scale you would like to use in the selected class:

    Custom: Make the desired changes to your grading scale by clicking into the appropriate "Low," "High," and "Grade" boxes and entering the desired numerical and letter values. The numbers in the "Low" and "High" boxes above and below the one you are editing will automatically adjust around your enter values. You can click Add Row or Drop Row to add or remove rows to your grading scale.

    A-B-C 10% Brackets: Select this option to automatically set traditional 10 point brackets for your grades. "A" will be set for grades between 90% and 100%, "B" will be set for grades between 80% and 89.9%, "C" will be set for grades between 70% and 79.9%, "D" will be set for grades between 60% and 69.9%, and "F" will be set for anything below 60%.

    0-100 Grade = Percentage: Select this option to remove letter grades from displaying in your Gradebook. Instead of a letter grade, the students’ grades will only show the average percentage of the assignment scores.

    Manual: To manually set grades, select the Manual I will enter final grades, do not automatically calculate them option. This setting will allow you to override letter grades automatically calculated by Engrade. You may want to set some other scale to calculate your averages initially and then select Manual to override letter grades at a later date. Once you set "Manual" as your scale, on the Gradebook page’s Options menu, there is a new selection: Edit Grades. When you click Edit Grades, you will be able to enter the desired letter grade (or other numbers or words), which will display instead of the letter grade calculated by Engrade.

  4. Click the Save Settings button to save your changes.

 

Set Assignment Categories

You can create weighted or unweighted categories in your class in which your assignments can be organized.

  1. Select the name of the class for which you would like to update the assignment categories.

  2. Hover over the Options button and select Grading Settings from the drop-down menu.

  3. On the Grade Settings tab, scroll down to the "Assignment Categories" heading, which is approximately half-way down the page.

  4. Enter the desired assignment categories for your class. For example, you may want to set classwork, homework, and tests as categories for your assignments. You may add up to 15 categories.

  5. You may also choose to weight assignments based on the category to which they have been assigned. To weight your assignment categories, click Yes next to Weight assignment categories? Type in the numerical weights you would like to use to the right of each category, keeping in mind that the weight percentages must add up to exactly 100%.

  6. Click the Save Settings button to save your changes.

 

Drop Lowest Score

You can choose to drop the lowest assignment score for students in your class for any of your assignment categories.

Please note: The lowest score dropped may vary across students in your class because Engrade will automatically drop the assignment that most negatively affects each student’s overall grade. Since Engrade calculates student grades based on points, the assignment with the largest discrepancy between points earned vs. points possible will be dropped. Additionally, Engrade will only drop an assignment score once a student has at least two graded assignments in an assignment category.

  1. Select the name of the class for which you would like to update the Drop Lowest Score settings.

  2. Hover over the Options button and select Grading Settings from the drop-down menu.

  3. On the Grade Settings tab, scroll down to the "Assignment Categories" heading, which is approximately half-way down the page.

  4. To the right of an assignment category, check the box for Drop Lowest Score to drop a student’s lowest score in the selected assignment category. Engrade will automatically drop the assignment that most negatively impacts the student’s overall grade once the student has at least two graded assignments in the selected assignment category. If you selected Drop Lowest Score for an assignment category, you can see which assignments are being dropped for a student by clicking on his/her name in the Gradebook. Dropped assignments will appear with an asterisk (*) next to them.

  5. Click the Save Settings button to save your changes.

 

Adjust Additional Options

You can also modify how students and assignments are sorted in the Gradebook, how student grades are rounded and if student grade percentages display in the Gradebook and student/parent accounts.

  1. Select the name of the class for which you would like to update additional options.

  2. Hover over the Options button and select Grading Settings from the drop-down menu.

  3. On the Grade Settings tab, scroll down to the "Options" heading, which is at the bottom of the page.

    Sort Students: This option allows you to choose how students are sorted in the Gradebook. Select a sorting option from the "Sort Students" drop-down:
         - The Order Entered Above sorts students in the order you entered them, and new students will be added to the bottom of the list.
         - Last Name sorts students alphabetically by last name.
         - ID Number sorts students by student ID in ascending numerical order.
         - Class Percentage sorts students with the highest percentage listed first.

    Sort Assignments: This option allows you to choose how assignments are sorted in the Gradebook. Select a sorting option from the "Sort Assignments" drop-down:
         - Date Collected – Newest First places your assignments in order by Due Date (which is set when you create an assignment), with the newest assignments first.
         - Date Collected – Oldest First places your assignments in order by Due Date, with the oldest assignments first.
         - Date Entered – Newest First places your assignments in order by the date on which you created the assignment, with the newest assignments first.
         - Date Entered – Oldest First places your assignments in order by the date on which you created the assignment, with the oldest assignments first.
         - Category places your assignments together with the other assignments in that assignment category, by alphabetical order based on assignment names within the category.

    Rounding: This option allows you to choose how student grades are rounded within your class. Select a rounding option from the "Rounding" drop-down:
         - To the nearest WHOLE number rounds the student’s average to the nearest whole number. With this setting, an 89.4% is rounded to 89%, and an 89.5% is rounded to 90%.
         - To the nearest HALF of a number rounds the student’s average to the nearest half of a number. With this setting, an 89.6% is rounded to 89.5%, and an 89.8% is rounded to 90%.
         - To the nearest TENTH of a number rounds the student’s average to the nearest tenth of a number. With this setting, an 89.55% is rounded to 89.6%, and an 89.96% is rounded to 90%.
         - DOWN to next whole number rounds the student’s average down to the next whole number. With this setting, an 89.9% is rounded to 89%.
         - UP to next whole number rounds the student’s average down to the next whole number. With this setting, an 89.1% is rounded to 90%.

    Show Percentages: This option allows you to decide whether or not student percentages are displayed in the Gradebook and in student/parent accounts.
         - Setting Yes will allow students and parents to see both the letter grade and the average percentage in accounts and on printed reports.
         - Setting No will prevent students and parents from seeing the average percentage in accounts and on printed reports.

  4. Click the Save Settings button to save your changes.