Needs Grading

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The NEEDS GRADING page can assist courses that have a heavy grading load, as it provides quick access to items that need attention. On the Needs Grading page, you can view the following items that are ready for grading or review:

  • Individual Assignment and Group Assignment attempts
  • Test attempts
  • Blog and Journal entries
  • Wiki page contributions
  • Discussion Board posts

Attempts are placed in a queue for easy navigation among items.

NB: This menu is expandable and collapsible. If it is collapsed, click on the caret to the left of the heading to expand the menu.

  1. a. Go to Control Panel.  Click Grade Center and then click Needs Grading.
    b. Instructors can view attempts ready for grading or review on the Needs Grading page.

    Available as of May 8, 2017

    When you allow multiple attempts, you may not need to grade all of them. The Needs Grading page automatically displays only the attempts that need grading based on which attempt you chose to grade (e.g. Last Attempt).

    Needs Grading

    You can choose to display all of the attempts from each student or group. Select the check box for Show attempts that don't contribute to user's grade and then select Go. The total number of items you need to grade increases to include the previously hidden attempts.

    Needs Grading - Show All Submissions

    For each student or group, all attempts appear. Each attempt that you don't need to grade appears with the Does not contribute to user's grade icon.

    Needs Grading - All Submissions

    Note: If you allow four attempts and choose to use the last attempt for the grade, you'll see whatever attempt is last as the one to grade. So, if a student has made three attempts, the third attempt is currently the one to grade. If you grade that attempt, the student can still make another attempt. The next attempt will appear as ready to grade because it's the fourth and last attempt.


  2. Click Grade All to begin grading and reviewing. The Grade All function places all attempts in a list for easy navigation among items.

    Note:  Tests with a grading status of Attempt in Progress do not appear on the Needs Grading page.
  3. Sort columns to organize your list. To sort a column, click the Column Heading.

    Note: The sorted list remains in effect until you change it or log out.
  4. The following columns appear on the Needs Grading page:

    a. Category: Sort attempts to group all assignments or tests together
    b. Item Name: Sort attempts by alphabetical order or reverse alphabetical order
    c. User Attempt: Sort attempts by a student's name. The number of attempts for the item is listed in parentheses. For example: "Linda Cho (Attempt 1 of 2)."

    Click a student’s name to go directly to the attempt for grading.
  5. Apply Filters to narrow the list by Category, Item, User, and Date Submitted. If a filter is applied, only the filtered items appear in the list and in the queue.

    For example, make selections in both the Category and User drop-down lists to display tests submitted by a particular user. Click Go to display the filtered items on the Needs Grading page. The filtered list remains in effect until you edit the filter choices or log out. Click the X to collapse the Filter field.
  6. The total number of items to grade appears above the list of items. Once attempts have been graded, they do not appear on the Needs Grading page and the number of items updates to reflect the current number that needs to be graded. If the list is filtered, the number reflects how many items match the current filter settings. For example, "12 of 17 total items match current filter."
  7. Click an item's Action Link represented by two downward pointing arrows to access the contextual menu containing options such as content items, Course Menu links, or Grade Center columns. The options in the contextual menu vary depending on the component.  For assignments, you can select Grade All Users or Grade Anonymously. For tests, you can also select Grade by Question and View Attempts. A total number of attempts for the selected item is listed in parentheses.
  8. Click Show All to display up to 1, 000 items on one page.

    Click Edit Paging to change the number of items to view per page.