Grade Center

What is the Grade Center?

The Grade Center is more than just a way to record students' grades. It is a dynamic and interactive tool, allowing faculty to record data, calculate grades, and monitor student progress. In the Grade Center, faculty can provide and manage students' grades for a variety of assessments, including assignments, tests, discussion board posts, journals, blogs, and wikis. Faculty can also create grade columns for any activities or requirements that require grading but do not require submission through Blackboard, such as special projects, participation, or attendance.


  • Create Column – Creates a column that represents a gradable item in the course.
  • Create Calculated Column – Calculated columns combine data from multiple columns to attain performance results; choose from average, minimum/maximum, total or weighted.
  • Manage – Customize and manage the Grade Center, including grading schemas, categories, smart views, and column organization.
  • Column Menu – Provides access to a column’s settings, including Quick Column Information, Edit Column Information, Column Statistics, Set as an External Grade, Show/Hide to Users, Hide Column.
  • Icon Legend – As activity gets added and recorded into the Grade Center, refer to the Icon Legend for assistance.
  • Work Offline – Download the Grade Center into an Excel spreadsheet for working offline. The spreadsheet can be uploaded back to the Grade Center after grades have been recorded.
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