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Creating Grade Schemes

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The standard grading scale at the University of Arizona is as follows:

A 90% - 100%
B 80% - 89%
C 70% - 79%
D 60% - 69%
E 0 - 59%

Grade Schemes can be used if your course uses a different grading scale, or if you'd like to curve a single grade. To create a new grade scheme:

1. Click the Schemes tab.


2. Click the blue New Scheme button.


3.Enter a Name for the grade scheme.

4. (Optional) Enter a Short Name if you'd like. You may find this useful if the original grade scheme name is particularly long. The Short Name is not seen by course participants so it only need to make sense to you.

5. Enter the Symbol for each of your grade ranges. The Symbol is what displays to course participants. It can be a letter (A, B, C, etc.), a description (Excellent, Satisfactory, etc.), or whatever else you'd like to convey to participants.

Tip: Note that the grade ranges are listed in reverse order, beginning with 0. This means that your lowest grade range should be entered first.

6. Enter the Start % of each grade range.

7. (Optional) Select a display Color for each grade range if you'd like. When entering grades in the D2L grade book, you'll notice that, by default, there are different colors associated with different grades.

8. (Optional) If you need to add additional grade ranges to your new scheme, enter the number of ranges you'd like to to add and then click Add Ranges

9. (Optional) If you'd like to delete a grade range from your grade scheme, click the Remove icon at the far right of the grade range's row.

10. Click one of the Save options at the bottom of the screen to save your changes:

  • Save and Close: Saves any changes and returns you to the main Grade Schemes page.
  • Save: Saves any changes and stays on the same screen.

Information: Upon saving the grade scheme, D2L automatically populates the Assigned Value % field for each grade range with whatever was entered in the Start % field. This has no impact on how the grade scheme functions.

Once you've created a new grade scheme, you have to connect it to the grade item you want it to be used for. You can find instructions for doing this on our Using Grade Schemes help page.