Grade Center - Grades in my grade center are being displayed incorrectly

Grades in my grade center are being displayed as letter grades rather than numbers. How do I fix this?

Every column in the Blackboard grade center has a setting that controls how it is displayed. You can display numeric information as a raw numeric score, as a percentage (of the "points possible" you've set for the column/assessment), as a letter grade, etc. The default is the numeric score. You can modify a column by clicking on the downarrows next to the name in the column header and choosing "Edit Column information," then changing "Primary Display" to "Score." Selecting this will tell Blackboard to treat it as a numerical value, and will calculate it with the points possible for that column.  

Letter grades use a scale to convert from the internal numeric score to a letter. By default, all numeric grades between 90% and 93.99% display as "A-', and if you enter A- in a letter-grade column it is stored as 91.5%. Perhaps you'd prefer to have the range for an A- be 90% to 93.1%. You can customize the conversion by clicking the Manage button in the grade center and choosing Grading Schemas.

 

You can also set a column to display as "Text" and can mark it to not be included in the gradebook totals. This is useful if you have a column you want to use as a comment, either to yourself (perhaps reminding you which section the student is in) or to the student ("good job"). But a text column with "A-" in it is completely different from a column that displays as "A-" because it has a numeric value and is set to display as a letter grade.  Even worse, a text column that contains digits will look like a score but will not be calculated properly.

Grades in my grade center are being displayed as whole numbers instead of decimals, and aren't being included correctly in totals.

Every column in the blackboard grade center has a setting that controls how it is displayed. For numeric information you can display as a raw numeric score (displayed with 2 digits, e.g. "90.00"), as a percentage (of the "points possible" you've set for the column/assessment), as a letter grade, as text, etc. If a column is displayed as text, it may appear to contain numbers but those numbers won't always be the scores that are used in calculations (there may also be an overridden score behind the scenes).

In the column header, click the pulldown menu (the chevron in the title), select "quick column information", and look at the primary display.

You can modify a column by clicking on the menu downarrows and choosing "Edit Column information", then setting "Primary Display" to "Score". When you do that, blackboard parses the text, and if it can interpret it as a number uses it as a score. 

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