All posts in Grade Center: Advanced Functions

Calculate and Exempt Grades

In the Grade Center, you can calculate grades by combining multiple columns to attain performance results, such as class averages, final grades that are based on a weighted scale, or total points. These are called calculated columns. You can display these columns to students so they can view performance results or you can display them only in the Grade Center for your use.

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.

Test Item Analysis

Item analysis provides statistics on overall test performance and individual test questions. This data helps you recognize questions that might be poor discriminators of student performance. You can use this information to improve questions for future test administrations or to adjust credit on current attempts.

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.

Delegated Grading

You can assign specific users in your course (those with Instructor, TA, or Grader user roles) to grade particular sets of student assignment submissions. The users who help you grade are called delegated graders and they provide provisional grades. Delegated graders follow the same grading steps that you do, however, the group of assignment attempts that they see are based on the options you choose. After all delegated graders provide grades and feedback, one or more instructors review the grading to determine a final grade or reconcile it.

Grade Center Reporting

You can create printable reports for your courses and students. You can also create a progress report that contains all of the grades from a particular grading period for a defined group of students in a class, such as special-needs students or transfer students. You can print this report and hand it out to each student, parent, or guardian.

Viewing Grade Statistics

In the Grade Center, you can view various statistical information related to a column and any user. The Column Statistics page displays numerous statistics for a grade item, including average, median, and standard deviation. The User Statistics page displays a student’s statistics in various categories.