How does dropping the lowest grade affect the gradebook?
When configuring grading categories in a course section, you have the option to drop the lowest grade within the category. You can find this option by:
- Navigating to your course.
- Click Grade Setup.
- Select a Grading Category.
- Select a the number of lowest grades to drop from the Drop Lowest menu.
If you set one or more low grades to drop from the gradebook, the grades for the materials will still display to the student, however the grade will be crossed out. This means that the grade the the material will not factor into the overall grading category grade, and it will not be reflected in the grading period or overall grade.
The lowest grade that is dropped is determined by the percentage of the grade achieved, not the point value.
For example, if a student received 1 point out of 2 possible points on an assignment and 4 out of 10 possible points on another assignment, the 4 out of 10 points grade will be dropped. This is because 1 out of 2 achieves 50% of the possible score and 4 out of 10 achieves a lower 40% of the possible score.