Creating or Modifying a Grading Schema and Applying it to a Grade Column

Step 1 - Accessing the Grade Center

Image of the Blackboard Control Panel open at the Grade Center heading with the following annotations: 1.Click on Grade Center.2.Select Full Grade Center.

Log into your Blackboard course and go the Control Panel:

  1. Click on Grade Center.
  2. Select Full Grade Center.

Step 2 - View Existing Grading Schemas

  1. Click the Manage button.
  2. Select Grading Schemas from the drop-down menu. You should now see the Grading Schemas page shown below.

Editing Grade Schemas

Step 3 - Examine and/or Modify the default Schema


  1. To edit a schema, move your cursor to the right of the Schema name you wish to view or edit and click on the chevron to reveal the drop-down menu options
  2. Select Edit from the drop-down menu. You should now see the Edit Grading Schema page as shown below.

Step 3a - Edit Options on Grading Schema Page

Step 3a - Edit Options on Grading Schema Page

From the Edit Grading Schema page, you may view the selected Schema or you can edit the Schema by changing the values in the text boxes corresponding to the numerical scores, the letter grades, or the corresponding percentage. You can add additional rows by clicking on any of the arrows on the right side of the screen, or you can delete rows by clicking the Delete Row link.

If you have made any changes to the Schema, you must click the Submit button to accept any changes--otherwise click Cancel to exist this page without making any changes.

Step 4 - Creating a New Schema

From the Grading Schemas page, click the Create Grading Schema button which will take you to the Create Grading Schema page shown below.

Step 4a - Create Grading Schema Page

  1. Enter a name for your grading Schema. (The Name appears in the drop-down lists for Primary Display and Secondary Display when creating columns.
  2. The Description is optional, but can help differentiate grading schemas.
  3. Add as many rows to the Schema Mapping table as there are grading display options using the Insert Rows arrows. For example, if there are five (5) letter grades possible, A, B, C, D, and F, five rows need to be included in the table. Type the percentage range for each grade and type the letter, number, or text to display to represent that percentage.

    In the
    Will Calculate As boxes, type the percentage values to be used if a grade is provided manually. This percentage must fall in between the range of percentages for automatically scored columns. For example, grades scored manually as A will be calculated as 95. If the schema is later changed from letter grades to numeric scores, 95 will be displayed as the grade instead of A.
  4. Click the Submit button to create your new Grading Schema.

Grading Schema Examples

This is an example of a basic letter grade schema. \LNote: The dash symbol, " - ", cannot be used as an entry. The dash represents a null value.

Grades scored between 90% and 100% will equal A, grades scored manually as A will calculate as 95%.\LGrades scored between 80% and 90% will equal B, grades scored manually as B will calculate as 85%.\LGrades scored between 70% and 80% will equal C, grades scored manually as C will calculate as 75%.\LGrades scored between 60% and 70% will equal D, grades scored manually as D will calculate as 65%.\LGrades scored between 0% and 60% will equal F, grades scored manually as F will calculate as 50%.

This is an example of a basic Pass/Fail Schema.

Grades scored between 50% and 100% will equal Pass, grades scored manually as PASS will calculate as 75%.\LGrades scored between 0% and 50% will equal Fail, grades scored manually as FAIL will calculate as 25%.

Step 4b - Confirmation

Step 4b - Confirmation

Once you click Submit, you will be taken back to the Grading Schema page and a green banner confirmation will appear at the top of the page.

Step 5 - Applying a Grading Schema to an Existing (or New) Grade Column

A Grading Schema must be applied to each Grade Column individually by choosing the Schema as either the Primary or Secondary Display option. There is no option to apply the Schema to all or multiple columns in a single step.

Step 5a - Choose Grade Schema on Edit Column Page

  1. Click the drop-down menu next to Primary or Secondary Display to see a list of available options including a list of Grading Schemas.
  2. Select the desired Grading Schema to be displayed.

Remember: Students only see in My Grades whatever option is chosen for the Primary Display, only you see the Secondary Display option.

Step 5b - Confirmation

Step 5c - Confirmation

Once you click Submit, you will be taken back to the Full Grade Center and there will be a green confirmation banner at the top of the screen notifying you that your changes to the Primary or Secondary Display setting have taken affect.