Problem: No grading scale assigned or the incorrect grading scale selected.

Why It Is a Problem: When no grading scale is selected, grades don’t automatically calculate to a letter grade. This means that not only will grades not post properly but students wont’ be able to see their grades in progress.

Solution:

  1. Click Grade Book > Settings > Grade Calc Options.
  2. Choose “Calculate In Progress Grade” and select “100 Point Scale” from the drop down.

Make sure you do this for each section you teach.


Problem: Weight categories is not checked.

Why It Is a Problem: If weight categories isn’t checked, every assignment category is worth the same amount. This means that homeworks graded out of 100 points count the same as a test graded out of 100 points. This can play havoc with grades.

Solution:

  1. Click Grade Book > Settings > Grade Calc Options.
  2. Check “Weight categories”.

Make sure you do this for each section you teach.


Problem: Use score’s % value is checked.

Why It Is A Problem: Having this box checked means that the percent correct on the assignment is always used when averaging grades. This means that a homework where a student gets 9 of 10 points is worth the same as a much larger homework where the student scored 27 out of 30 points. You almost never want this box checked.

Solutions:

  1. Click Index > Instruction > Assignments > Edit Grade Calc Options
  2. Uncheck “Use score’s % value”

Make sure you do this for each section you teach.