Grade Centre

Grade Centre is the centralised place where all marking is done in Blackboard. There are two main areas in the Grade Centre, ‘Needs Marking’ and ‘Full Grade Centre’.

Needs Marking

Needs Marking only shows unmarked attempts students made to the Grade Centre. Filters can be applied based on what there is to mark. For more information about ‘Needs Marking’ click here.

Full Grade Centre

The full grade centre has the full functionality of grading in Blackboard. It is represented as a table with students as rows and columns to represent either assessments or calculations. There are many aspects to the Full Grade Centre and thus we have broken it down into the following sections:

Grading and Calculations


Whenever a student submits work to be assessed, their attempt will be represented in the full grade centre as a yellow exclamation mark attempt. Some attempts will be automatically graded (such as tests) and a value will be assign in the cell. The attempts that need grading will be represented as a yellow exclamation mark. A date will also be associated to an attempt to represent the date the student completed that activity.

To view an attempt for a student, hover the cursor over the yellow exclamation mark and click on the down arrow that appears. Then in the pop up menu, click on the attempt you want to view. For some activities, multiple attempts may be presented here.


Each activity have their own page in which to grade.

Calculation Columns

Once grading has been done, calculation columns can be created. To create a calculated column hover your cursor over the ‘Create Calculated Column’ button.



For more information on calculation columns or how to set up these columns please contact us on extension 8360 or email

Blackboard suggested reading

Changing/Overriding Grades

Leader, Lecturer, and Grader are allowed to change grades in a course. When grades are changed, calculated column will re-calculate based on the change. Note that when a grade is changed or removed, an entry is made in the Grade History. Grades can be changed by going into the attempt by the student and adjust the value(s) that was recorded there.

It is possible to override the final grade for an assessment but preserve what the student achieved before. Do note that a grade override for an assessment takes precedence over all other graded attempts which includes any attempts a student submits after an override grade is assigned until the overridden grade has been reverted.

To override a grade

  1. Go to “View Grade Details” in the Grade Centre
  2. On the ‘Grade Details’ page, click the ‘Manual Override’
  3. Type a new grade in the ‘Override Grade’ text box.
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  4. Optionally, provide feedback to the student that explains the grade change in ‘Feedback to User’ and in ‘Grading Notes’ for yourself and other staff. Use the content editor functions to format the text and include files, images, links, multimedia, and mashups.

When a grade is overridden, an orange triangle appears in the Grade Centre cell.


Note that when you assign a grade to a cell with no attempt for an assessment Blackboard treats it as an overridden grade.

To Revert an Overridden Grade

You can use the Revert function to clear an override grade and display the previously assigned grade, if one exists -OR- the needs grading icon.

  1. In the Grade Centre, locate the cell containing the student’s override grade to revert.
  2. Move the mouse pointer over the cell to the contextual menu.
  3. Click ‘View Grade Details’.
  4. On the ‘Grade Details’ page, click the ‘Revert’ button. A warning message appears asking you to confirm the action.
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  5. Click OK. The override grade is cleared. The action will be recorded on the ‘Grade History’. Whatever was in the Grade Centre cell before assigning the override grade appears again: the previously assigned grade -OR- the needs grading icon.

Hiding/Revealing Grades

To hide or reveal grades of assessment items to students in the student’s My Grades area, click on the down arrow on the column header and click ‘Hide From Students (on/off)’.


When a column is hidden to students it will be represented by this icon notivisible. Students will not see that assessment item in their My Grades area.



For Turnitin, if marking has been done in GradeMark, make sure the Post Date is set to the date in which you want to reveal the comments and grade to the student. The option ‘Reveal grades to students only on post date’ also needs to be set to ‘Yes’.

It is recommended that staff set hide columns initially and only release the marks or module total when they’re ready.

If you’re hiding columns, be sure to hide the Grade Centre’s automatic ‘Total’ column. Students may be able to work out their marks by subtracting their known grade(s) from the Total column.

Grade Centre Extras

Column Organisation

Column Organisation gives you an overview of all the columns in the Grade Centre as well as let you re-arrange the order that the columns appear. You will be able to show columns that are hidden in the Grade Centre here.

Blackboard Suggested Reading
How to Access the Column Organisation Page

Grading Colour Codes

It is possible to colour code cells in the Full Grade Centre based on criteria. To colour code your Grade Centre

1. Hover the cursor over ‘Manage’ and click ‘Grading Colour Codes’

2. On this page check the check box for ‘Enable Grading Colour Codes’ then specify the criteria you want for your Grade Centre. In the image below it is specified any attempt that needs marking will have a yellow cell and any grades below 50% will have a white cell with red text.

3. When done click ‘Submit’ and then Grade Centre will look like below.

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