Changing an Essay Score from the Course Gradebook

Frequently Asked Questions
How does the system grade an essay?
The system scores an essay on the structure, sentence length and complexity, style, mechanics, but does not score on content.


To follow the steps listed below, you will need to have "Change Grades" checked under Gradebook Options. To validate your permissions, click here.

  1. Under the Courses tab, select Gradebook.


    The gradebook can also be accessed via the Gradebook button on the homepage. 

  2. Select the School, Class, Subject, and Course. If desired, drill it down farther via GroupUnit, and Lesson.


    Want to narrow it down by user groups? Make sure the course is selected. If students are enrolled in the selected course and are listed in user groups, those user groups will appear in the Group(s) drop-down.

  3. The icons on the top right assist in viewing the Gradebook according to personal preferences.
    a. The Gradebook refreshes every 2-3 minutes, but if you need to refresh it inbetween that time, select the Refresh icon.
    b. To customize the columns listed in the table, select the gear icon.
    c. For a fullscreen view of the gradebook, select the arrow icon.
  4. Select the Activities button.
  5. The activities are displayed as the columns.
  6. A key to the symbols on the table can be found here
  7. To find the item to grade, search for the unit and the lesson of the essay.
  8. Scroll to find the pencil icon Activity_needs_grading_icon.png meaning it needs to be reviewed.
  9. Click the pencil icon Activity_needs_grading_icon.png to view the submitted activity.

  10. A pop-up window will appear. Click View.

    If an educator already knows what score he/she wants to assign, click the Change Score button instead of pushing View. 

  11. The current score for the essay is on the top left.
  12. Click Change Score.
  13. In the New Score box, enter the percentage without the percent sign, then click Submit.


    The system reads the number placed in the score box as a percentage. If the student receives a 23/25 (92%), then put 92 in the box.

  14. To provide comments, write them in the Comments box. Click Update Comments.
  15. Exit out of the window when finished.