Brightspace grade item types

From WSU Technology Knowledge Base
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Brightspace supports several grade item types. This article describes each grade item type and provides links to instructions for creating each type of grade item.

Selecting a grade type

Each grade item has its own characteristics and uses. Numeric grades (e.g "8 out of 10" or "93%") are most commonly used in courses. As you will see below, other grade item types have different looks and means of assessing. Grade item types support varied types of assessment, including

  • special types of assessment (like measuring success by assigning a pass/no-pass grade),
  • calculating a new grade item based on other grades in the grade book (like a midterm grade), or
  • a quick way to enter assessment (like choosing the letter grade from a dropdown menu).


Creating grade items

Numeric grade items

Numeric grades are the most widely used in assessment. They tell the student how they scored in their work in terms like

  • 48 out of 50 points (48/50)
  • 87%
  • B

Numeric grades are often used for all types of assignments and for the final grade for the course.

For information on how create numeric grades in your course, refer to Create a numeric grade item in the WSU Knowledge Base.

Select box grade items

Select box grade items allow the teacher to select the appropriate grade value from a pulldown menu. This speeds up the assessment process by assigning the grade with a couple quick mouse clicks rather than typing in the grade.

Assessing with a select box grade item is a two-step process.

  1. Select boxes rely on grade values as defined within a grade scheme. A grade scheme is a preset list of values (like "A", "B", and "C") with associated numeric values. Creating this is a one-time operation.
  2. The select box grade item is configured to use the grade scheme from Step 1 as the contents of the dropdown menu.

For information on how create select box grades in your course, refer to the video on the right or

For information on how create grade schemes, refer to Grading schemes from the Brightspace Help site.

Pass/Fail grade items

Students are assessed as either successfully completing the assignment or not successfully completing the assignment. There is no letter grade or point value assigned to the assessment. The assessor selects either "Pass" or "Fail" from the menu to assess.

Pass/Fail grades can be used to assess any assignment, discussion, or quiz but cannot be associated to the assessable item, so grade entry must be done in the grade book.

For information on how create pass/fail grades in your course, refer to Create a pass fail grade item in the WSU Knowledge Base.


Creating select box grade items

Formula grade items

Formula grade items use already-existing items to create a new grade item in the grade book. Formulas can include several calculations, including things like adding up grades, finding the maximum minimum from a set of grades, averaging scores, and so on. Existing grade items are selected from a list of all available grade items in the grade book.

Formulas cannot be associated with assignments, discussions, or quizzes.

For information on how create formula grades in your course, refer to Create a formula grade item from the WSU Knowledge Base.

Calculated grade items

Calculated grade items are a fast and easy way to total up selected grade items to produce a new grade item. For example, a calculated grade item might show the total for all of the quizzes taken thus far or perhaps a midterm grade. The teacher selects which items to include in the calculation from a list of all the available grade items in the grade book.

Calculated grade items cannot be associated with course objects such as discussions, quizzes, and assignments.

For information on how create calculated grades in your course, refer to Create a calculated grade item from the WSU Knowledge base.

Text grade items

Use text grade items to provide comments that are not counted towards users’ final grades. Text grade items can belong to a category but they do not contribute to the calculated final grade.

Text grade items cannot be associated with course objects such as discussions, quizzes, and assignments.

For information on how create text grades in your course, refer to Create a text grade item from the WSU Knowledge Base.

More information