Using a Running Total Column

Null scores, or cells which do not include a score or attempt, are calculated as a zero in Grade Center total score calculations by default. In contrast, a running total column ignores null scores within the Grade Center. This is helpful early in the semester, as it allows the points possible to adapt as students progress through assessments. However, if a student fails to attempt a test or submit an assignment, a zero score must be entered. Otherwise, the system will not count the missed assignment against the student's final grade.

1. To enable a running total, click the Evaluation link on the Control Panel, then select Grade Center from the drop-menu.

Evaluation section of Control Panel

2. Click the options button for the Total column, then choose Edit Column Information on the drop-menu.

Edit Column Information link

3. Click Yes to Calculate as Running Total under the Select Columns heading.

Yes to Running Total

4. Click Submit to save the column settings. The total column will now exempt null scores in calculations.