Grade Center Overview

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Grade Center in Blackboard can help you to organize student grades and feedback, and allows you to share this information with students (if you choose) and with other Instructors, TAs, and Graders in the course.  

Instructors and teaching assistants with access to Grade Center can:
-    Review and download the class list,
-    Add and edit student grades and feedback,
-    Share information with students about their performance in the course, and
-    Calculate final course grades.

While only Instructors, TAs and Graders have access to Grade Center, students can review their own performance in the course through their My Grades page.

NOTE: The Repository of Student Information (ROSI) is the official Student System of Record recognized by the University of Toronto for student grades. ACORN is a student view into ROSI. Instructors in some divisions may submit their marks/grades to ROSI via eMarks. eMarks is a collection system for instructors that feeds grades into ROSI. If instructors have questions about eMarks they should contact their department or division. Students should understand that My Grades in their Portal course allows them early access to preliminary grades, but does not represent their official final marks. For more information on University of Toronto policies and guidelines regarding the posting and distribution of grades, please review Q and A for Instructors under FIPPA on the website of the Vice-President and Provost.


Learn About Grade Center

Preparing Grade Center for Use in Your Course

  • Add Grade Columns
  • Edit Letter Grade Schema
  • Hide or Show a Grade Column to Students
  • Define Weighted Total

Enter or Change Grades

  • Enter or Change Grades Manually
  • Download and Upload Grades
  • Review Updates and Changes

Change and Edit Grade Center Display

  • Hide or Show Grade Columns to Instructors, TAs and Graders
  • Create Grading Periods
  • Add Smart Views
  • Organize the Grade Center

Download Information from Grade Center

Access Grade Center

Go to Control Panel. Click Evaluation and select Grade Center.

Navigating Grade Center

  1. Action Buttons – Where you can Create Columns, Manage your Grade Center etc.
  2. Work Offline button  –  Where you can download your Grade Center for offline use and  then upload your Grade Center
  3. Options to view and organize the Grade Center and gather cell-specific information from the Grade Information Bar: including Grade Type, Points Possible, Grade Format etc.
  4. The spreadsheet in the Grade Center is where grades are entered and calculated. Each student in the class has a unique row and every Grade Center item has its own column
  5. Icon Legend: Convenient definitions of the icons used in the Grade Center