As a newbie to Canvas, I'm perplexed at how the gradebook calculates grades. For instance, I have eight graded assignments, each worth different point totals, in the same group (Assignments). Some of these are true "assignments," while others are quizzes. In the case of one student, this person completed seven of the eight assignments, earning a zero on the uncompleted one. If I were to display the results of each assignment as a percentage, this student would have averaged roughly 97% on the completed assignments. When the zero is factored in, the student should still have approximately an 85% average. However, the gradebook shows this student as having an average of about 67%. Is the gradebook calculating the overall percentage on points earned vs. possible? if so, is there a way to change the calculation to an average of the percent score on each assignment? Because at the present time Canvas does not allow the display of quiz results as percentages, I feel I need to display all results as points earned, so I am wondering if that is the reason for the discrepancy in averages.

Here are some notes on my gradebook, in no particular order: First, I have three weighted categories in the gradebook, of which Assignments counts 20% (each of the other two are worth 40% each); right now the only scores are Assignments. Second, I do not have the gradebook set to count ungraded assignments as zeroes. Third, my grading scheme is 90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, etc. Fourth, two of the grades (so far) are from quizzes taken within McGraw-Hill's Connect that arrive in the Canvas gradebook after periodic syncing of the two. Finally, all of my assignments have total points entered, and none are muted.

Thanks for any guidance everyone can offer.

Hi George, I think the sticking point is going to turn out to be how many points each of the items in your Assignments group is worth. If one of the eight items in the group is worth 20 points, whereas another is worth 100 points, the 100-point assignment (whether it is an "assignment" or a "discussion" or a "quiz") is going to have a heavier influence within its group than the one worth 20 points.

For clarity's sake, I always find it best to reconfigure every quiz so that it is worth 100 points, thereby mimicking a percentage, and then placing the quizzes in groups according to the contribution I'd like them to make to the final grade. So a final exam worth 100 points might be placed in a Final Exam assignment group worth 30% of the total, whereas I might put 10 chapter quizzes, also each worth 100 points, in a Chapter Quiz assignment group worth 20% of the total to make them less consequential. I understand that because of the specifics of your grading scheme and the fact that some of the quizzes are coming over from McGraw-Hill Connect, this might not be entirely feasible in your case. Still, I think more granular assignment groups might help.

Can you give us specifics on how each of the eight graded assignments in the Assignment group worth 20% of the final grade is configured?