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Grade Center Categories

About Categories In the Grade Center, you can use categories to group related columns together and organize the data. With categories, you can: Filter your view of the Grade Center. For example, you can filter using the Assignment category and view only assignment columns in the Grade Center grid. Calculate . . . Read more

Grade Center Column Organization

The Column Organization page allows you to view all the columns in the Grade Center in one place. You can quickly reorder the columns, and the changes you make appear in the Grade Center grid. If you have hidden columns (or think you may have), you can unhide them via the Column Organization page.

Enter Grades

You can enter grades into the Grade Center automatically by scoring assignments and tests deployed in Blackboard, manually by typing them into the Grade Center, or by uploading grades from external sources such as a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel.

Show and Hide Grade Information to Students

Students using Blackboard only see their own grades. You control which Grade Center data is released to students and the timing of its release. You can show or hide Grade Center columns to students, or show students class grading statistics so they can compare their performance to the class as a whole.

Grade History

The Grade History page acts like a log file that records all of the changes that occur to grades within a course, and displays all the data for grade submissions for the course within a set date range. You can manipulate the view and export the information.

Delete or Clear Grades

During your grading tasks, you may need to delete a grade or revert a grade back to its previous state. For example, you can reset a test to give a student who experienced technical problems another chance. You accomplish these tasks through the Grade Center. Grades that you delete have . . . Read more

Grade Details

The Grade Details page allows you to view all of the submission history and grading information about a student’s assignment from one place. You can also clear, edit or exempt grades from the Grade Details page.

Override Grades

The roles of instructor, teaching assistant, and grader are allowed to change grades in a course. When you change grades, the new data is automatically figured into existing weighted, total, or calculated grade columns.

How do I grade assignments submitted through Blackboard?

When a student completes and submits an assignment, it will automatically show up in the Grade Center. A Needs Grading icon will appear in the corresponding assignment column. Each assignment can be graded individually, or all student assignment files can be downloaded at one time, which saves time when viewing . . . Read more

The Blackboard Attendance Tool

The Blackboard Attendance Tool is a new feature whereby you can track attendance at class meetings and automatically turn that data into a score in the Grade Center. This tool relies on manual instructor input, rather than having the students mark themselves as present or absent, so should only be used if the instructor is prepared to take that on.

Grading Schemas

Grading schemas map numerical and percent scores to letter grades or some other notation that you create (such as Pass/Fail). The Grade Center operates as a spreadsheet, which means that all entered scores must, at their foundation, be equal to a certain number of points. In order to represent these points as a letter grade, it must convert them to a percentage and then determine which range of percentages is equivalent to which letter grade.


The Achievements tool allows instructors and course designers to designate criteria for issuing rewards to students in the form of both badges and certificates. Students can see which rewards they’ve earned and what is required of them to receive additional rewards, providing insight into learning progression toward defined competencies. Students are able to publish badges to the Mozilla Open Backpack, transporting evidence of their learning outside of Blackboard Learn.

Grading Rubrics

A rubric is an assessment tool listing evaluation criteria for an assignment, and provides a way to convey to students your expectations for the quality of completed assignments. Blackboard’s Rubrics tool allows you to use a provided rubric, or create one of your own. You can determine how much of this rubric students see, and when, and can use this rubric directly within the assignment you are grading to assign points based on the criteria you determined.