The Blackboard Grade Centre provides an area within your Blackboard course to store results data. Student scores from Blackboard tests and surveys are stored in the grade centre automatically. You may also manually add scores and information that are not automatically added by Blackboard.
Blackboard tests and survey results are automatically recorded into the Blackboard Grade Centre.
The Blackboard Assignment feature makes use of the Grade Centre for downloading submissions and entering marks and feedback.
If you wish for students not to see scores for assignments you can set the Grade Centre not to show those scores. Then when you are ready for students to view their scores you can reveal their scores to them.
The Grade Centre provides reporting functionality, allowing you to generate printable reports.
The Column Statistics page displays statistics for a grade item, including average, median, and standard deviation. You can also view how many need grading and how the grades are distributed.
This guide explains how to manually enter a grade.
This page lists current known issues with the Grade Centre.
If you have a Blackboard Assignment, Test, or Survey, you can send reminders to students who have not yet completed the assessment.
Note this does not apply for Assessed blogs, journals, discussion boards, nor TurnItIn assignments. To do that you could use the email button above the Grade Centre instead.
Customising the Grade Centre
By default the Grade Centre will show all students in your course. Smart Views allow you to customise this so that you can focus on certain groups of students.
You may set the Grade Centre to automatically apply colour codes to cells based on criteria that you set. This is similar to conditional formatting in Excel. This feature can be useful to quickly identify good or poor scores in a large cohort.
You may organise the Grade Centre so that columns are shown in your preferred order. This feature also allows you to quickly change the grading periods and categories of columns within the Grade Centre.
Usually you will be using the Interactive View of the Grade Centre. However if you have accessibility issues with using the Grade Centre you may wish to change to the Non-interactive View.
If you wish, you may add an extra column to the Grade Centre to record scores that are not usually held within Blackboard.
If you wish, you may add an extra column to the Grade Centre that will show the results of a calculation based on scores from existing columns.
It is possible to create categories and assign Grade Centre columns to these for simpler management of the Grade Centre.
The Grade Centre allows you to set up Marking Periods. These are periods of time to which grade columns may be associated. For example Marking Periods could be set up for each semester to differentiate assessments between semesters.
Grading schemas allow you to associate certain values with numerical scores. For example one course create a pass/fail schema, where any score below 40 is shown as a fail.
If you wish to delete several Grade Centre columns at once you can do so by following this guide. Note that deleting a column will remove any results, scores, or data associated with that column. If columns are deleted the data within them cannot be recovered.
Exporting / Importing and History
You may export the Grade Centre to a file which you may open in Microsoft Excel. This will export student details, Grade Centre columns, and scores.
You may upload marks from an Excel file into the Grade Centre.
The Grade Centre keeps a record of whether Grades are changed, and if scores were changed it is possible to view the previous score.