Grade categories

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 3.3. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle is probably available here: Grade categories.

Editing a grade category
Grades can be organised into grade categories.

A grade category has its own aggregated grade which is calculated from its grade items. There is no limit to the level of nesting of categories (a category may belong to another category). However, each grade item may belong to only one category. Also, all grade items and categories belong to at least one, permanent category: the course category.

Adding a grade category

To add a grade category:

  1. Select "Categories and items" from the gradebook dropdown menu.
  2. Click the "Add category" button near the bottom of the page.
  3. Give the grade category a meaningful name.
  4. Select grade category settings as appropriate. Advanced settings may be made available by clicking the "Show advanced" button.
  5. Click the "Save changes" button.

Editing a grade category

To edit a grade category:

  1. Select "Categories and items" from the gradebook dropdown menu.
  2. Click the edit icon opposite the grade category you wish to edit.
  3. After editing the grade category, click the "Save changes" button.

Settings

Aggregation

See Category aggregation for a detailed explanation.

Aggregate only non-empty grades

Non-existent grades are either treated as minimal grades or not included in the aggregation. For example, an assignment graded between 0 and 100 for which only half the students have been graded will either count the non-graded submissions as 0 (option switched off) or will ignore them (option switched on).

Important: An empty grade is simply a missing gradebook entry, and could mean different things. For example, it could be a participant who hasn't yet submitted an assignment, an assignment submission not yet graded by the teacher, or a grade that has been manually deleted by the gradebook administrator. Caution in interpreting these "empty grades" is thus advised.

Aggregate including sub-categories

The aggregation is usually done only with immediate children, it is also possible to aggregate grades in all subcategories excluding other aggregated grades.

Drop the lowest

If set, this option will drop the X lowest grades, X being the selected value for this option.

Aggregation view

Each category can be displayed in three ways: Full mode (aggregated column and grade item columns), the aggregated column only, or the grade items alone.

See also