Set up a points-based Gradebook

From EdTech Help

In this scenario, you are setting up a simple gradebook without any categories or weighting. It provides a straightforward calculation of total points earned in the course. With this type of gradebook setup, you cannot use the Group by Category option to organize the visual layout of your gradebook items. You also cannot drop scores automatically.

Go to Gradebook.

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Select the Gradebook tool from the Tool Menu in your site.

Click the Settings tab.

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Click to expand the Categories and Weighting section.

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Select the No categories radio button and then click Save Changes.

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Click the Grades tab.

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Click Add Gradebook Item to create items.

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  1. Add the following gradebook items for this example: Homework 1, Homework 2, Homework 3, Homework 4, Project 1, Project 2, Project 3, Project 4, Midterm, and Final. The title for the first item is shown in the image above.
  2. Assign points for every item based on their value towards the final grade (in our scenario they are all equal at 100 points).
  3. Attach a rubric if you will be using one.
  4. Be sure to check the boxes next to Release item to students? and Include item in course grade calculations? for each item as needed.
  5. Click Create to save the item.

To test our scenario:

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Let’s say student01 has earned the following points:

  • Homework 1 - 89 out of 100
  • Homework 2 - 94 out of 100
  • Homework 3 - 78 out of 100
  • Homework 4 - 82 out of 100
  • Project 1 - 83 out of 100
  • Project 2 - 88 out of 100
  • Project 3 - 95 out of 100
  • Project 4 - 91 out of 100
  • Midterm - 90 out of a 100
  • Final - 95 out of a 100

The Gradebook will automatically add up all of the scores and divide by the total points possible.

The grade calculation is (89+94+78+82+83+88+95+91+90+95)/1000 points. The student's overall grade average = 88.5%.

If you try this example and don’t get the same results, you might want to go back and make sure that:

  • Each gradebook item is worth 100 points.
  • Each gradebook item is released to students and included in gradebook calculations (two checkboxes).
  • The student grades were entered correctly.

More questions about the Gradebook tool?

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This page is adapted from an equivalent Sakai Community help article.

The original Sakai Community help article, unedited, is available at