Canvas New Gradebook

The New Canvas Gradebook replaced the previous Gradebook on January 6, 2020.

The New Canvas Gradebook offers a number of new and enhanced features to improve the grading experience. It helps instructors easily view and enter grades for students. Depending on the Grade display type, grades for each assignment can be viewed as points, percentage, complete or incomplete, GPA scale, or letter grade. Only graded assignments, graded discussions, graded quizzes, and graded surveys that have been published display in the Gradebook. 

Major enhancements in the new Gradebook include:

  • New icons and colors
  • More filtering and sorting options
  • Customization for submission statuses
  • Late and missing grade policies


Access Gradebook 

In Course Navigation, click the Grades link.


Gradebook Options

The New Gradebook mimics the view of the previous Gradebook while including several additional features.

  • The Gradebook menu displays the various Gradebooks that may be available in a course: Learning Mastery (if enabled), Individual View, and Gradebook History. These Gradebook types have been consolidated in one location.
  • The View menu includes multiple options to sort and filter assignments.
  • The Actions menu displays options to Sync to SIS, import a Gradebook CSV, or export the Gradebook CSV.
  • The Student Name column: Displays the names of students in your course and other secondary student data you choose from the Options submenu. Select a sort order and other display preferences.
  • The Assignment columns: A column is automatically added to the Gradebook for each graded item — assignment, quiz, survey, or discussion.


Gradebook Menu

The main Gradebook allows you to see all students, assignments, and grades. In the Gradebook menu, you also switch between several options as available:

Learning Mastery [1] displays the Learning Mastery Gradebook, which assesses outcome standards being used in Canvas courses. 

Individual View [2] allows you to assess one student and one assignment at a time and is fully accessible for screen readers.

Gradebook History [3] displays the Gradebook History page, which logs recent grade changes in the course according to student, grader, assignment, and date.


Gradebook View Menu

  • Arrange By [1]: The Arrange By menu allows the Gradebook columns to be arranged by default order (as displayed in the Assignments page), assignment name (A–Z, Z–A), due date (oldest to newest, newest to oldest), points (lowest to highest, highest to lowest), or module (first to last, last to first).
  • Filters [2]: The Filter menu allows the Gradebook to be filtered by assignment group, section, modules, and grading period (displays only when the course is associated with a grading period term at the account level).
  • Statuses [3]: The Status option allows the default colors in the Gradebook to be customized for the instructor viewing the Gradebook. Each color is a default associated with a Gradebook status: late, missing, resubmitted, dropped, or excused. 
  • Columns [4]: The remaining menu options allows the Gradebook to display the notes column as well as any unpublished assignments. Unpublished assignments can only be differentiated from published assignments by enabling or disabling this view option and do not include an unpublished label.


 Actions Menu

The Actions menu allows you to sync grades to student information system (SIS) [1]

To bulk manage student grades in the Gradebook, you can also import grades [2] and export grades [3].


Search Menu 

By default, your course shows all active students. In the Search field, you can search for an individual student by name or by SIS ID.


Gradebook Settings


The Gradebook Settings allow you to apply Late Policies or a Final Grade Override in your course.

View Late Policies

The Late Policies tab allows you to apply late policies in your course.

The Missing Submission policy allows you to automatically apply a grade for submissions labeled as Missing [1]. A submission is labeled Missing when the due date has passed and the assignment has not been submitted.

The Late Submission policy allows you to automatically apply a defined penalty to submissions with a status of Late [2]. A submission is labeled Late when it is submitted past the due date. Additionally, you can define a threshold under which a student will not be scored, regardless of how late the submission is when submitted.


View Grade Posting Policy

The Grade Posting Policy tab allows you to change grade posting policies for your course.

To automatically post grades and make them visible to students as soon as they are entered, select the Automatically Post Grades option [1]. The posting policy is set to Automatically Post Grades by default.

To hide grades by default and manually choose when to post grades and make them visible to students, select the Manually Post Grades option [2].

Note: Grades for anonymous or moderated assignments must be manually posted. Moderated assignments grades cannot be unhidden until final grades have been posted.

View Advanced Settings

The Advanced tab allows you to apply a Final Grade Override in your course [1]. If enabled, you can enter an override grade for a student that is different from the grade automatically calculated by Canvas [2].


View Assignment Column

Each column in the Gradebook represents a published assignment in the Assignments page. Each column displays the assignment title, total points, and each student's grade.

To view the assignment, click the name of the assignment [1]. For each assignment, you can hover over the column header and view the Assignment menu [2], which allows the following options:

  • Sort assignments by grade or status (missing or late)
  • Message students who fit within specific assignment criteria
  • Curve grades
  • Set default grade
  • Hide or post grades for the assignment
  • Enter grades as a specific value: point, percentage, or grading scheme (this option is only for grading convenience and does not affect the actual grade; not available for complete/incomplete assignment types)
  • Download submissions and re-upload submissions (supported in file uploads only)


View Assignment Groups and Total Column

The assignment groups shown in the Gradebook match the assignment groups created in the Assignments page [1].

If your assignment groups are weighted, the weighted grade displays below the group title [2]. Assignment group weights are reflected in the total grade. The assignment grade earned by the students is multiplied by the assignment group weight.

Grade totals from assignment groups are calculated in the Total column of the Gradebook [3]. You can hover over the column header to view the Total column menu [4], which allows you to sort by grade and move the total column to the front of the Gradebook. Additionally, if your assignment groups are not weighted, you can view the totals as a point value instead of a percentage.


View Grade Detail Tray

The grade detail tray displays a grading summary by assignment and student. Like in SpeedGrader, an instructor can click the next and previous links at the top of the tray to advance to another student. However, the Gradebook also allows advancing directly to another assignment as well. The Grade Detail Tray allows you to enter or edit grades [1], change the status of a submission [2], and leave comments for the student [3].



Which features from the previous Gradebook are not in the New Gradebook?

New Gradebook has parity with the previous Gradebook, but some functionality in the previous Gradebook has been repurposed:

  • Assignment Details—this feature has been replaced by New Analytics functionality, which provides improved analytics capabilities
  • Hide Student Names—this feature has been resolved in the New Gradebook by the Anonymous Grading and Moderated Grading features already implemented in Canvas.
  • Treat Ungraded as 0—this feature changes the view of how grades are displayed to instructors in the Gradebook and does not directly affect student grades. This feature is currently still available in the Individual View Gradebook but not in the Grid View Gradebook, which will be resolved in a future release. If you still want to view grades as zeroes in the New Gradebook, apply grades as zeros using the global Missing Policy option or use the Default Grade option for individual assignments. 


Want to Learn More?

If you would like to learn more about the enhancements being made in this update, please review the New Gradebook Guides. 

If you have any questions, please contact


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