Equally Distribute Assignment Values - Weighted Gradebook

Canvas calculates weighted grades using the overall percentage for an entire Assignment Group, not for each assignment score within a group. If there are varied point values in the Assignment Group, those with the higher point values will count more heavily on the student's grade.

If you have varied point values within an assignment group using weighting and you want those assignments to all be counted equally towards a student's overall grade, you will need to  equally distribute the assignment values by creating individual Assignment Groups for them and re-setting the weighted percentages.

1. In this example, the Tests group counts for 60% of a student's grade, but each Test is worth different points.  So, rather than being of equal weight, Test #3 will count more heavily than Test #1 and Test #2.

Point Values

2. To make the tests of equal weight, a new Assignment Group must be added for each test with a different point value.  The original weighted percentage for the Test group needs to be evenly distributed among the newly created groups.  In this example, the original 60% Test group is split into 3 groups worth 20% each.

Assignment Group

3. After the new Assignment Groups have been created, move the existing assignments into their new groups.

Move Assignment

4. After all assignments have been moved to the newly split Assignment Groups, delete the original assignment group since it is empty.  The end result will look something like this, with one assignment per Assignment Group:

Distributed Assignments

The effect on student grades will be immediate - go to your Grades tab to open the Gradebook and see changes.

Article number: 
104831
Last updated: 
February 22, 2017
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