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Manage 4.0 grade scales for Canvas assignments

This document explains how to select, edit, and delete a UW 4.0 grade scale that you have created for Canvas assignments. Learn how to create a grade scale. 

Select a UW 4.0 grade scale

When you are creating an assignment for your Canvas course, you can select a UW 4.0 grade scale that you have previously created and apply it to that assignment.

  1. From the Canvas course home page, in the left navigation, click Assignments.
  2. On the Assignments page, in the upper right corner, click the blue Add Assignment button.
    -OR-
    Select an existing assignment, and in the upper right corner, click Edit.
  3. Fill in the Assignment fields (Name, description, Points, Assignment Group) as you want. (You can also fill in this information after any of the following steps.)
  4. From the Display Grade as drop-down menu, select GPA Scale.
  5. Under the Display Grade as field, click View Grading Scheme.
  6. In the upper right corner, click Select Another Scheme.
  7. In the left panel of the View/Edit Grading Scheme window, click a scale title.
  8. In the right panel, scroll down to the bottom of the scale, and click Use This Grading Standard.
  9. Click Done.

Edit a UW 4.0 grade scale

When you edit an existing grade scale, you create a new instance of the scale, with a new name and new values. The previous scale will still be available to you for use in the course. You can access an existing grade scale from an assignment it is associated with, or from the UW 4.0 Grade Scale tab in the left navigation.

To edit a grade scale, follow these steps:

  1. From the Canvas course home page, in the left navigation, click Add 4.0 Grade Scale.
  2. From the list of available grade scales, click the title of the one you want to modify.
  3. If you want to edit only the maximum and/or minimum value, enter new values, and then click Apply.
    If you want to edit intermediate values in the scale, scroll down to the table of values, make your edits, and then click Add to Course.
  4. When prompted, give the scale a new name, and then click Done.
    You will see a confirmation message that the new scale is now available for your course and the scale will appear in the list titled Your Grade Scales.

Delete a UW 4.0 grade scale

You can use the Remove button to remove a 4.0 grade scale while viewing your list of grade scales:

Remove Grade Scale

However, this step only removes the grade scale from this list; the grade scale will appear to be available in Assignments even after you remove it. To completely remove a 4.0 grade scale from a course, follow these steps:

  1. From the Canvas course home page, in the left navigation, click Assignments.
  2. Select an existing assignment that is linked to the grade scale that you want to delete, and in the upper right corner, click Edit.
  3. Below the Display Grade as field, click View Grading Levels.
  4. In the bottom right corner of the View/Edit Grading Scheme window, click manage grading schemes.
  5. Locate the grade scale that you want to delete. To the far right of the grade scale title, click the trash can icon.
  6. You will see a message asking if you are sure that you want to delete the grade scale. Click OK.