How to Display Letter Grades

Display Letter Grades for Numerical Marks

You enter numerical marks for assessment activities, and then display the equivalent letter grade.

  1. Click Grades in the top row to launch the Gradebook. The Grader report is displayed by default. 

  2. Click  on the Grader report drop-down menu and select Gradebook setup from the list.

  3. In the Gradebook setup page, under the Actions menu, in the row for the grade item or the category title, select Edit to display a menu. From the drop-down menu select Edit settings. The Edit settings page for this grade item will open.

  4. Under Grade item click on Show more to display more options. 

  5. Scroll down and click on the Grade display type drop-down menu

  6. In the Grade display type drop-down menu, select Letter or a combination of Letter (percentage) or Letter (real). If you select Letter (real), the grade will display as A (85). If you select, Letter (percentage), the grade will display as a percentage score, for example: A (85%).

  7. To save your changes, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save changes.

In the Grader report page, toggle the Edit mode button that is located in the top right corner. Turn Edit mode on, you will see numeric grades for the assessment activities. Turn Edit mode off, you will see the letter grade (this reflects what students see).

Adding a Grade Item to Display Letter Grade

When you add a graded activity to your course such as a Journal, Assignment, Quiz etc., a corresponding column is added to the course gradebook. 

You can also add grade items to your gradebook for offline activities, such as for class participation, in-class presentation etc. Once you have added a grade item, you can follow the steps in the above section to display letter grades for numerical marks.

Editing Grade Letter Boundaries

Different grading systems and grading regulations apply at York University. The regulation for the undergraduate programs may be different from the graduate programs. Even within the graduate programs, differentiation may exist in the grading scheme for the Schulich School of Business and the Graduate Program in Environmental Studies than other graduate programs. This might necessitate to customize the numeric-to-letter conversion scheme in your course, especially if you are entering numeric grades.

You can only adjust the Grade Letter Boundaries in your course gradebook, only if you have not added any Letter grades in the gradebook. Therefore, be sure to set the grading scheme before adding any Letter grades.

To adjust the Grade Letter Boundaries:

  1. Go to your course and in the left navigation select Grades. This will open the Grader report page.

  2. Select Grade Letters from the drop-down menu.  The Gradebook letters page will open showing the values currently being used to convert numerical grades to letter grades.

  3. Click the Edit button grade at the top of Grade letters page to open the Edit grade letters.

  4. To edit the grade boundary values, enable the checkbox for Override site defaults. The fields for Grade letters and Letter grades will unlock and become editable.

  5. Make changes to the grade letter and/or boundaries as required. Note that the letter A or A+ and F must correspond to maximum and minimum grades respectively. Also note that any numerical values you enter will display as rounded to the second decimal place but letter grade boundaries can have up to 5 decimal places.

  6. To save your changes, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save changes.

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