Set Up a Weighted Gradebook

A weighted grading system is one where grade categories and items are assigned a weight as a percentage of the final grade. In the video below, we show how to create a weighted gradebook and make sure that it calculates correctly.

Here are some points to remember about a weighted grading system:

  • We recommend viewing the grade calculation settings and consider how the current grades display to students.
  • Weighted gradebooks require that all category weights add up to 100%.
  • All item weights within a category also must add up to 100%.
  • In a weighted grade book, the Maximum Points field does not affect the final calculated grade.
  • You must release current grades for students to be able to see them.

Step 1: Choose the Grading System

  1. If a gradebook has not already been set up or imported for your course, the Grades Setup Wizard displays when you enter the Grades tool. If a different area of the Grades tool displays by default, click the Setup Wizard tab to open it.

    TIP: Most of the options in the Grades Setup Wizard have a Get help icon that helps explain what they are.

  2. The Grades Setup Wizard takes you through a list of setup options that you should set before you create grade items and categories. For example, it helps you make decisions about how grades should be calculated and displayed in the gradebook. To get started, click the Start button at the bottom of the screen.
  3. The grading system determines how the grade items in your gradebook contribute to students’ final grades. Select the Weighted button next to your choice and click the Continue button.

Step 2: Final Grade Released

The type of final grade to release determines if a calculated or adjusted final grade is released to students. Select the button next to your choice and click the Continue button.

If you want students see their current overall grade, choose Calculated Final Grade. You must keep the grades current for the grade to be accurate for every student.

Final Grade Options
Calculated Final Grade(Default) The final grade calculated by the gradebook.
Adjusted Final GradeA modified or adjusted final grade entered manually by you.

To see their final grades in the course, which will also allow them to see their current averages throughout the semester, you will have the option to select "Automatically release final grade." This setting will be copied from semester to semester if you copy your course content.