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.

New Member

i whole-heartedly agree. please make this an option. if we cant make this available, there should be a way to change the statuses of multiple submissions at a time rather than one at a time.

New Member

Yes, if the status flag is auto generated when there is a no submission, then it should be reset when a score is given.

New Member

I would like the grade book  to automatically remove the missing designation if a student  submits on paper  instead of online.  

I have students who do not have internet at home.  If I create an assignment for an online submission, they have to turn in their assignments in person during class instead of submitting online.  When I put a score in the grade book, it is still marked missing if they did not submit online.  I have to specifically remove all the missing one-by-one to have the missing removed.

Another option would be to allow both paper submission and online submission when creating an assignment, but that is not an option either.

New Member

Please, please get rid of the "missing" tag on assignments once the assignment has been graded.

Here's an example:

1. Student didn't turn in assignment on time, so it's automatically marked with a 0 grade and "MISSING". That's fine, I want that feature. 

2. Then I go to grade it... the grade is now updated to 10/20 for example but the "MISSING" tag is still there. 

It's SOO confusing for parents, for students and for teachers. Please find a way that after the assignment is due, then a teacher puts in a grade, this goes away. 

Please I beg of you. I get 20+ emails a day from parents JUST on this issue.... 

New Member

Please do this.  It is way to many clicks to get in to the grade detail tray to change just one student from missing.

New Member

My point is that it doesn't make any sense for a student to have grades manually entered for an assignment and have it show up as missing to the student because they didn't submit something digitally.  Below are some examples. 

I teach middle school. Frequently students turn in work by hand when they have technical issues. I grade and enter it into Canvas but it still shows the student it is missing when they have a grade.  This also an issue when you do assignments that allow for a verity of turn-in methods, for example, a project that one method is a presentation.  These were not major as I only had to fix it for some students individually.  However, now with distance learning students are using other programs and I am entering their grades into Canvas. I leave submission types only for students who complete the assignment late and I manually enter grades for students who do it on time.  This is making all students who do there work on time and have a grade entered in the assignment show up as missing. 


Community Participant

Agree with previous comments - how does one vote for this to be updated and fixed in Canvas?

Thank you

Community Member

In addition to this, maybe someone's mentioned it... On a "submission" assignment, if I enter a score, even if a student didn't submit anything, it would be nice if it wasn't marked missing once the due date/time arrives. I can go in and manually mark something as missing if I need to, but it takes so much longer to undo a bunch of missing tags. 

New Member

Yes, PLEASE do this.  Either allow the missing alert to go away when a score is entered by the instructor, or allow instructors to turn this feature off for an assignment, or allow mass changes in the gradebook (not individual ones - it takes FOREVER).  This is so much work for the teachers, and causes stress for students/observers. I had a conversation with the chat support and was directed here.  This seems like many people are asking for this, so why are no options being made available? 

Community Member

Yes please!

Community Member

Actually, I would like this to work for assignments with submissions as well. That why if a student shows me on paper instead of uploading a picture of it, I can put the assignment in and have it automatically remove the missing.


Having a shortcut for entering missing assignments (like typing M in the box) would supplement this so that it is easy to mark stuff as missing and to unmark it as missing without having to open the slide out, which is slow.

New Member

I understand this issue has been posted many times and Canvas thinks that they have solved the problem by allowing us to manually change the assignment status to "None" in Speedgrader.  However, as a teacher of 650 students, this is another tedious step that should not need to be made.  Also, this step cannot be done until AFTER the due date, which is not always a convenient time for me. Why is the coding not written so that the system recognizes a manually entered grade without requiring the teacher to do any other changes?

Community Participant

Why, WHY is this still an ongoing issue if this has been identified since 2018!!!!!!? CANVAS GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER! There are some serious needs and improvements that have been identified and voted on and commented on and have been open for discussion for YEARS. It is becoming GROSSLY MISMANAGED. Hire some more programmers and dedicate them to JUST dealing with these SIMPLE issues that need to be dealt with ASAP. Please! Canvas has created a WHOLE slew of disgruntled, unsatisfied teachers that is being fueled even further by this useless forum where our suggestions are going into what feels like an empty void! Yet you have a program that is FULL of potential that is filled with holes and inefficiency. The ONLY person that EVERY seems to reply from Canvas is @Stef_retired  and maybe she will come through yet again with some positivity (as she always has some silver lining) or at least get a message through to the powers to be! Thank you Stefanie for all that you attempt to do for us to get our voices heard.

New Member

It would be nice if it had the feature like Infinite Campus that when you enter a score it asks if you want to change it to late.  It already has the option of automatically counting missing as a zero.

New Member

This feature would be SO HELPFUL and save me SO MUCH TIME!!!  

New Member

We are struggling with assignments that have an end date- can no longer be turned in and are still coming up on a missing assignment list. If a 0 score could be put in when the assignment is no longer accepted OR have the missing flag be removed after the end date, it would really help students manage their work. This is also hard when a new student enrolls in the class mid-year and all of the previous assignments are automatically marked as missing. 

New Member

PLEASE MAKE THIS AN EASIER ONE.  Students that have anxiety issues become completely stuck when they see too many late or missing flags. 

New Member

It would be extremely helpful if we could "batch" remove the missing flag from an assignment. Kids get really discouraged when they see 20 missing assignments when they are closed assignments that can no longer turned in. 

New Member

Please change this.

Community Member

This would be super helpful to the teachers I represent.  I do agree with @srbrassfield regarding non-zero scores.