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Blackboard: Grade Center - Grading Schemas

A grading schema in Blackboard allows you to set grades to display differently. In the Grade Center, when an item is graded, a numeric score appears in the students' cells by default. A schema takes the points scored on an item and compares it to the item's total points possible to derive a percentage. This percentage is mapped to a range of scores and displays a grade, such as a letter (A, B, C) or Pass/Fail.


1. Enter the course, and make sure Edit Mode is set to ON.

2. Scroll down to the control panel on the left, and click Grade Center.

3. From the options that expand, select Full Grade Center.

4. Click the Manage button and select Grading Schemas.

Manage Grading Schemas under Manage in the Grade Center

5. Click the Create Grading Schema button.

6. Enter a name for the grading schema; for example, “Pass/Fail.” The description is optional.

7. For the Schema Mapping section, you may edit the default schemas present.

a. The box on the left is what will display if a student has a certain grade percentage.

b. The box on the right is what percentage will display if the instructor manually enters something.

8. To include more complex schemas, you may add rows using the small arrows at the right.

After you click Submit on the new schema you created, you will be taken back to the Grading Schemas area, where your new schema will be listed.

 Apply a Grading Schema

Once you have created a grading schema, you can then apply it when creating or editing a grade column. To apply your grading schema to an existing grade column:
  1. Go to the Grade Center, click the action link of the column you wish to edit, and select Edit Column Information.
  2. Scroll down and click the Primary Display drop-down
  3. From the drop-down options, select the title of your schema.

Choose Schema from Primary Display menu

4. Scroll to the the bottom of the screen and click Submit.

5. You should now see grades displaying corresponding to the schema you created.

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