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About the Grade Center

The Grade Center in Blackboard Learn is more than just a way to record students' grades. It is a dynamic and interactive tool, allowing you to record data, calculate grades, and monitor student progress. You can generate reports to communicate information to parents, administrators, and other stakeholders. You can determine which assigned grades to show to your students on their My Grades pages, including columns displaying performance results.

In the Grade Center, you can provide and manage your students' grades for assignments, tests, discussion posts, journals, blogs, and wikis, and for ungraded items, such as surveys or self tests. You can also create grade columns for any activities or requirements you want to grade, such as special projects, participation, or attendance.

Note:  The Blackboard administrator at your school controls whether this tool is available. If this tool is not available, you can contact your administrator to discuss its status.

The Interface

The Grade Center resembles a spreadsheet. Each row is populated by a user in your course and each column includes information for an item, such as an assignment, test, graded blog entry, or survey. You can also use columns to calculate grades. You can provide grades and comments directly on the Grade Center page, on the Grade Details page, and from a tool, such as the Discussion Board.

You are able to customize your view of the Grade Center and create grading schemas, Grading Periods, categories, and columns to present and gather the information you need. To learn more, see Setting Up the Grade Center.

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The Needs Grading Page

If you have a heavy grading load, the Needs Grading page can help you determine what needs attention first and allows you to access it quickly. You can view assignment and test attempts ready for grading or review on the Needs Grading page, where you can begin grading and reviewing or sort and filter columns to narrow the list. Attempts are placed in a queue for easy navigation among items. To learn more, see About the Needs Grading Page.

Working Offline

You can download and work with Grade Center data outside of the system. Then, you can upload the edited data to the Grade Center. To learn more, see Uploading or Downloading Grade Center Items for Working Offline.

Next Steps

To learn more about the Grade Center, see these topics:

Setting Up the Grade Center

Creating and Managing Grade Center Columns

Entering Grades

Including Comments With a Grade Entry

Changing Grades

Deleting and Reverting Grades

Exempting Grades

Viewing Grade Details

Sharing Grade Center Data

Viewing Grade Center Statistics

Uploading or Downloading Grade Center Items for Working Offline