Blackboard Tip: Change Grade Display Types

Here’s how to change how students view their grades — by percentage, score or letter.

Depending on how things came over from ANGEL, or how your lead faculty set up your template course, etc., the default grade view type on a given activity may be to show the students the raw points earned (called “score”), the percentage of points earned, a letter grade or complete/incomplete — or a combination of any two of those.

If you want to change this so students see their percentage, say, and then what letter grade corresponds to that, you’ll have to do that on a column-by-column basis. Go to the Full Grade Center, then click the edit chevron to the right of the column header for the column you’d like to edit. Then click Edit Column Information.


You’ll then see the column information screen. Note: I highly recommend that you leave that “grade center name” field alone. Bad things have happened to instructors who have ventured too far here.

Your focus is on the primary and secondary display fields. Click the dropdown to change. In this example, students’ grades show (for both students and instructors) like 10 (100%) or 9 (90%). I like to have this setting for individual assignments and percentage/letter for the total column, but you can have it set up however you think makes the most sense.



For letter grades (grade scales are called schemas in Blackboard lingo),  you can apply the MCC Grade Scale, which is the standard 10-point setup. If you want to use a 7-percent scale, you can create your own schema by going to Manage > Grading Schemas.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzIf you see “ANGEL Letter,” please change it to something else. This is a bad holdover (like the “overall” column), but we can’t get rid of it universally.


Alex is online course support technician at IDS, working to support all online, hybrid and LMS-enhanced instructors and students in using Blackboard and several media servers. She's also the administrator for the MCC Blogs network. You can reach her at

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3 comments on “Blackboard Tip: Change Grade Display Types
  1. […] To do this, go to the full grade center and click on the edit button to the right of the column header (one of the weekly discussions, for example) and then on edit column information. You can choose what you think is best for display, but just change it away from ANGEL Letter and it won’t show the wrong letter grade. (This doesn’t change grades, just how they’re displayed.) […]

  2. […] From here, just delete ANGEL Letter so that it doesn’t negatively affect the way Blackboard displays your students’ grades. […]

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