This workflow assumes the quizzes are separate grade items in one category. For example, Quiz 1, Quiz 2, Quiz 3 Grade Items under Category Quizzes and that each quiz has the same number of points (10, 100–any number as long as they are all the same). 

  1.  Go to Grades from Assessments or Course Admin on the Navbar
  2. Click on the Category heading, not any of the grade items, (and not the dropdown context menu beside it). For example Quizzes (if that is your category name).
  3. You should now see Edit Category in the upper left in big letters.
  4. Scroll down to Distribution
  5. Change number to 1 for lowest non-bonus items to drop for each user (see below). [if you want 2 lowest quizzes dropped, enter 2, etc.]
  6. Click Save and Close
shows distribution of grade drop

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A Grade Item is the column in your Grades where you enter your assessment of your students’ work.
  1. To add another column or Grade Item in your grade book, navigate to Grades tool -> Manage Grades tab.
  2. Click the New button and select Item.
  3. On the first page, choose what type of grade item this is. You will most often use the Numeric grade item type.
  4. On the next page, you will make decisions about how your Grade Item will be treated. Complete the settings as desired.
  5. Repeat the steps for each Grade Item.
screenshot of Manage Grades and select new item

Using Categories in your gradebook allows you to create headings that help organize your Grade Items. A category consists of one or more grade items.

To create Categories and Grade Items, you must be in your gradebook. Go to the Grades tool -> Manage Grades tab.


Grades ManageGrades NewCategory
  1. To create a category, click on the New button and select Category from the dropdown. 
  2. Complete the details of the Category and click Save.  If you don’t know what the choice to make in the details is, click on the small black circle with the question mark inside to get a description.  

3.  When you are finished selecting the settings, click Save and Close.

4.  Repeat the steps to create each category for your Grades.  Examples of Categories are Quizzes, Homework, Discussions, Presentations, Examinations, but are up to you in terms of how you organize your gradebook for the items that come under a Category.