These options apply to the current gradebook being viewed. Grading Rules are meant to Drop the Lowest N Assignments and optionally replace those assignment scores with either the average score or the top score in the area defined by the rule.
On the Manage page click on the Rules tab. The following page will display.
Multiple rules can be applied to the same gradebook. To add a Rule to a gradebook, click the mouse on the Add Rule button.
The following will display. Add in the appropriate information and then click the mouse on the Update button.
The lowest N scores are usually determined by looking at a single category. But if the current gradebook is doing total points grading and not weighted types, the option to drop the lowest N scores across “All Categories” will be available.
According To - how to consider a particular score as being the lowest is answered by this setting. The options of “Negative Weight” and “% Score” are available.
“Negative Weight” is calculated by determining the difference between the Max Score and the actual Score (Max – Score).
“% Score” is determined by dividing the actual Score by the Max Score (Score / Max).
- And Replace With - a teacher may not want to simply discount the lowest scores and remove them from the overall score calculation. A teacher may want to replace the identified low scores with another value. This setting allows for 1 of 3 options: “Nothing”, “Average Score”, and “Best Score”.
“Nothing” will simply drop the identified assignment from the overall score calculation for the student.
“Average Score” will calculate the average percentage of the score value of all assignments in the identified Assignment Category/Type and will use that percentage against the Max score for that assignment to calculate the virtual score value to use in place of the actual score.
“Best Score” will find the best percentage score value across all assignment in the identified Assignment Category/Type and will use that percentage against the Max score for that assignment to calculate the virtual score value to use in place of the actual score.
After clicking on Update, the new saved Rule will display with an assigned Rule number.
The Scores by Student page will display a Rule column with the Rule number that applies to the student and assignment.