I am using a weighted grade book. I would also like to have a column that shows the students total points. I set up the course so that there are 1,000 points possible, but I use the weighted grade book so that I can get the system to throw out the lowest score from one group of assignments. I like having the points because it gives the students (and me) a very easy way to spot check the grade. It also allows them to see exactly how many points they need to get the next higher letter grade.

Fred

Fredrick, you don't have to weight your gradebook to drop the lowest score from one assignment group. You can have assignment groups, but not weight them, just do a regular points based gradebook. You will still have the option to drop the lowest or highest scores; I just tested this in my own gradebook just to confirm.

As for your other question, per this guide - How do I view my students' total grades as a point value instead of a percentage in the Gradebook? - you can't switch students total percent grade to points when using a weighted assignment groups.

Given this information and what you are trying to do, my recommendation would be to not use weighted assignment groups so that way you could see the total number of points the student are getting out of 1000.