Grade categories group your graded items together including quizzes, assignments, and forum posts. Graded items should be grouped together according to the nine-week period in which they occur.

~ For a fall semester course, create the following grade categories: 1st Nine Weeks, 2nd Nine Weeks (or 1st Quarter, 1st Marking Period).

~ For a spring semester course, create the following grade categories: 3rd Nine Weeks, 4th Nine Weeks (or 3rd Quarter, 3rd Marking Period).

~ For a year-long course, create the following grade categories: 1st Nine Weeks, 2nd Nine Weeks, 3rd Nine Weeks, 4th Nine Weeks (or 1st Quarter, 1st Marking Period).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not create any grade subcategories such as 1st Nine Weeks - Assignments since this will negatively impact the grades that are reported to Genius, our student information system.

Navigate to your Moodle course.

From the left navigation menu, click Grades.

The warning below is for any courses that were migrated from an older version of Moodle. If your migrated course has grade subcategories, then you need to consolidate your subcategories into 4 main categories for a year-long course and 2 main categories for a semester course.

~ Click the X in the top right corner of the warning to remove it.

Click the Setup tab.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Add category.

In the Category name field, enter the grade category name. Keep the default settings.

~ Do not change any other settings including the Aggregation method, Exclude empty grades, and Drop the lowest.

Under Category total, keep the default settings. If not already selected, set the Grade type to Value, the Maximum grade to 100, and the Minimum grade to 0.

Under Parent category, verify your course name is listed as the Parent category for the main set of nine-week grade categories.

Click Save changes.

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