Automatically Remove Missing Flag Once Grade is Entered

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

For on paper or no submission assignments, if a grade is flagged as missing, but then later points are added to the gradebook, the missing flag remains.  The instructor then needs to manually remove the missing flag, even though points were assigned.  It would be great to have the missing flag automatically disappear once points were entered (signifying that it is no longer missing).  The option to have the missing automatically turn into late would be even better.

Community Contributor

I guess maybe this can be added to Quizzes.Next as an upgrade?

Community Participant

I voted for this, but the difficulty is that I want to be able to enter a 0 for a missing assignment without necessarily removing the missing label.  I would prefer if it automatically resolved the missing label for all non-zero grades.  I'm happy to remove it manually for the rare earned zero.

New Member

I should have the choice whether or not the notification of missing appears. Students are confused.  Please correct ASAP.

Community Champion

This would need to be implemented thoughtfully, because some grades might mean the assignment is still missing. In my building, there are teachers who enter 30% as scores for missing work and others who enter 50%. (Since I noticed that students who actually did the work in my class got grades all the way from 0%-100% on the autograded quizzes, I use 0% for missing so it's never strategically better to skip an assignment but have a drop policy for a certain number of low assignment grades so a couple of missing assignments don't hurt their grade.)

I'd like to see the ability to edit the status every place you can enter the grade, but as two options. (In my particular case, to be able to remove "missing" labels in Speedgrader for on paper submissions.)

New Member

please, please!  This would be preferable and then those who need to be able to mark the "graded" work as still "missing' since they use some grade to indicate missing assignments, could manually re-flag them as missing.  That ability to flag and unflag as missing NEEDS to be able to be done from speed grader, student individual grade view, and gradebook with ease. Thanks

Community Participant

A previous gradebook I used had the following option: 

"Z" grade = counts as a zero in the gradebook, but is still a missing assignment

0 = counts as a zero in the gradebook, but is not a missing assignment since it is an actual score

New Member

Once a grade is entered, whether a zero or other, any notation that could trigger the assignment as "still missing" should be auto removed--it is confusing to students/parents. It would be also nice to be able to have an "override" where we can place the value to our "zeros"--whether percentages or points for weighting. That might resolve the concern for any who want to have the ability to weigh in a zero/missing assignment in some manner.

Community Participant

This feature doesn't make any sense. This is transcript from Canvas support:

"The reason behind the different behavior of an "Excused" flag and a "Missing" flag is its impact on the student's grade.

When the "Excused" status is given to a student's submission, that assignment is not counted towards the final grade of the given student,  whereas the "Missing" status does not grant this option, as it only indicates that on Canvas, there was no submission made from this student.

Therefore, whenever a mark is entered instead of an "Excused" submission, it starts counting the entered mark towards the final grade, which is against the nature of the "Excused" status, consequently, the flag is removed.

However, when a grade is entered for a student, who has a "Missing" status for the submission, the nature of the status does not change, because the submission itself is still missing. Therefore, the status is not being removed."

If a grade is entered, please explain to me how the assignment is still "missing."

Please fix the FLAW in your programming!

New Member

Please fix this asap.

Community Participant

This has recently come up for my school as most people had not transitioned to the new grade book until now. . .  It's very tedious to manually remove the "missing" label from each student in the grade book if the student's assignment was submitted on paper or looked at in class.  It would be nice if the label were automatically removed when a non-zero score is entered!

New Member

It would save me a lot of time if the "missing" flag was removed when an assignment was submitted or a grade was entered. I understand there are times when a grade may be entered while an assignment is still missing, but this is the exception to the rule. As long as I could manually re-flag an assignment as missing, this wouldn't be a problem. However, the vast majority of situations require me to manually un-click dozens of times for my students. Please make life easier by automatically removing the missing flag when an assignment is submitted/graded.

New Member

YES PLEASE! Flipgrid integration is a bit imperfect. When students submit directly to Flipgrid instead of via the Canvas Assignment, it doesn't sync that way. Canvas Flipgrid submission to Flipgrid is okay. 

ONCE GRADED, submission status should changed from missing to at least "Graded." 

New Member

This is a problem for people who have hybrid situations right now. If I have some students in the classroom, and some virtual, some students are turning things in on paper and others online. If I enter the grade for a paper submission, it is still marked as missing. If that missing flag could go away if there is a score, that would be amazing.

New Member

This would be a great feature. We are in our first year of Canvas. While most of my students are in-person, some are partly virtual (if quarantined etc.), so we have to make the online submission available. In my math classes, the in-person students do a lot of work on pencil and paper and turn it directly into me. 

Having a Non-Zero entered score remove the missing tag would be great. Right now, even when they turn in papers in-person, students are having to submit a text entry (I have them just write, "hi") to 'trick' canvas into not showing missing. If they don't do this, they are seeing a missing assignment that they have actually turned in. Manually overriding 120+ "Missing" tags is an unnecessary burden on teachers, and the text entry to trick Canvas is an unnecessary burden on students. Tyler SIS (despite many things I do not like) has had this figured out for years and has options for teachers to choose what works best for them. 


I have emailed the help desk and one recommendation was to assign things to only certain people. Again, an unnecessary doubling of work. They are doing the same assignment, just submitting it in different ways. 

I would love this option and hope Canvas hears our concerns and provides a real solution. 



New Member

When an assignment shows Missing it creates a notification for a student. That is useful. However, when I enter a manual grade for that student, the status does not change unless I also manually change it. When I have over 100 students in both seated and online environments which sync into the same Canvas course and the idea of manually changing every status is more than daunting; especially when I would have to do it across 15 different assignments.

I am suggesting that entering a grade should change the status to none or late depending on the time of entry. Or a feature that allows mass status changes for an entire assignment.

It is concerning that this suggestion has sat on the shelf for over two years.

New Member

When a grade has been marked missing, but is later turned in, and the teacher enters the grade in, the "Missing" and pink highlighting should automatically disappear, because if it has a grade now, it is obviously not missing anymore.

New Member

Yes, this would be a great addition! Please do this.

Community Member

This needs to be a priority. I would love for a teacher to be able to decide upon entering a grade for a missing assignment for it to either: 1) remove the missing status 2) change to late status.

New Member

When I give an assignment that should be uploaded and the student turns it in on paper the system does not override me entering the grade for the assignment. It calculates the grade but it still labels assignment as missing because it was not uploaded. Grades entered by teacher should never say missing even if they were supposed to be uploaded by student. All grades entered by teacher must override initial assignment designation.

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