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Gradebook: Custom Grade Codes

Gradebook: Custom Grade Codes


Please allow teachers to create custom grade codes in the gradebook.  This goes beyond the missing/late/excused flags currently in the new gradebook roll-out.  Teachers would like the ability to create a letter code for a precise percentage weight.  For example, a teacher could create a code "I" for incomplete and assign a certain percent of the assignment's value.  Some teachers wish to give alternate letter grades for assignments and have them worth certain percents: E (exemplary) = 95%, etc.  #Teachers need autonomy over their own gradebook and this would go a long way to achieving this.  Additionally, allowing teachers to enter letter codes enables the use of "set default grade", which is currently not available with the missing/late/excused flags in the new gradebook.

Community Participant

You already have a code for excused: EX... So why not add codes for missing right away? You should be able to do that easily.

Community Team
Community Team

 @krhughes ‌

You can read the entire thread at 

The conversation about the Missing tag and why we do not have plans to build it begin here

Community Member

This would be especially useful for the final "override grade" column, so that an I (Incomplete) grade could be recorded for a student at the end of the semester and automatically uploaded to our (BANNER) system as part of the rest of the grade upload process.

Community Champion

In our K12 district, a big ask is for an absent code. When I was still teaching, my prior district used a gradebook program where we could customize our codes and attach a process to the code. So, "excused" may be a preset rule in the gradebook, but I could define "Ab" for absent, "FT" for Field Trip, or "EX" for excused as my custom codes where the "excused" rule was applied. Rather that having just a generic EX in my gradebook, I could quickly review my gradebook and know why I didn't receive work from a student. Currently, you can enter these as a comment, but it's a lot more clicks to enter and view a comment than a gradebook code. 

Community Member

This would be an amazing feature! In our previous gradebook (school loop), we were able to add and define our own codes. So I had ones such as I=Incomplete and 20% for the grade, A=Absent (tentative missing--0) and then I could add LATE filters (so I would know to subtract points).

Community Member

Yes, please add this custom code feature to help us teacher stay organized with who did what and at what level the work was performed.  Thank you.

Community Member

Please allow us to add custom codes. I also want my codes to align to either points or percentages. So just say something is missing, if my school is still using traditional grading, I want to be able to say my M=Missing code is 50% and an I=incomplete is 50% or whatever I determine for the year. Thank you. 

Community Member

Yes, we need to be allowed to make codes that don't equal points. It's a great way to communicate with students and parents.

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Community Member

Please allow teacher to make their own custom codes.  We use FACTS as the SIS and can add custom codes.  With the syncing on Canvas and FACTS we are not allowed to use the FACTS gradebook. Here are a few codes teachers in my district are asking for; P-Pending grade (student turned in but teacher needs to grade) I-Incomplete would also be helpful, SA - School Activity and A-Absent

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