It is possible to allow a grade item score to exceed the nominal score in the Properties tab. For example, you are grading a student’s term paper worth 20 points. The student has done an exceptional job and you wish to reward her with a score in excess of 20 points, so you give her 22 points. Use this option to give exceptional performances on an assessment a few extra (‘bonus’) points. Allowing a score to exceed the nominal score for a grade item will have different consequences if the grade item is in a grade category or if it is a stand-alone grade item. The description below is for a weighted Gradebook.
Stand-Alone Grade Items
- Click to edit the grade item and check the Can Exceed box. If you have elected to allow scores to exceed a nominal 20 point value of the assignment by say, 5 points, a score of e.g., 22 out of 20 points 20 points will show as a score of 22/20, 110% in a weighted Gradebook (if you have chosen to show students both the out-of and weighted score).
- The extra points will apply to the final course grade only to the extent that the points can make up for a lower score on another assessment. It’s as if the student can bank extra points to remedy a failure to get perfect scores on other assignments. The final calculated and final adjusted grades will not exceed 100%.
Grade Items in Categories
- If the grade item is in a Category, the ‘banked’ points will only be used to make up for lesser performances in other items in the same category. For example, if a student has a perfect score in one assessment in a category but a score higher than the nominal score of the other item in the category, their score for the Category will simply be the nominal weight of the category.
- However, you edit the Category in the Gradebook to Allow category grade to exceed category weight (the nominal weight of the category). Then, any excess points over the value of the category weight will apply to the final course grade only if the student failed to get perfect scores on other assignments, but the final calculated and adjusted grades will not exceed 100%.
Another selection in the Properties tab of a grade item is Bonus. Checking this box will turn an entire item into an extra credit assessment.
- For a stand-alone grade item, any points achieved on the assessment will be added to the total final grade, which however cannot exceed 100%.
- When making a grade item in a Category into a bonus item, you would choose a weight independent of the Category weight. For example, if a Category containing 4 items is worth a total of 40% of the course grade, you might add a bonus item worth up to 25% of the Category. So if a student missed one of the 4 regular grade items in the Category (and scores a zero on the item), they could make it up by completing the bonus item. Under no circumstances will the score for the category as a whole exceed 100%.
- Finally, If you allow a grade item to be a bonus item and you allow the Category to exceed the Category weight, all excess points above the nominal value of the category plus any bonus points will be added to the total final grade, which however cannot exceed 100%.