How do I use the Grade Editor?

Ryan Richins
  • Agilix team member
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The Grade Editor allows you to make changes to a specific student’s score on a specific activity

Accessing the Grade Editor

You will use the Grade Editor in many instances; the most common ways to access it include:

  • Selecting an activity directly from the To-do List.
  • Opening the Performance/Gradebook tool and clicking the cell where a specific student and activity meet.
  • Opening the Performance/Gradebook tool, selecting a student name, clicking Grades, and clicking an assignment row.

Grading with the Grade Editor

The Grade Editor is made up of two panels.

  1. The student panel displays information about the activity for the selected student regarding the activity:
    • Click the activity title under the student's name to preview the activity without leaving the grader.
    • Content and Questions previews the completed activity if available. Where applicable, you can adjust scores on individual questions or grading rubric criteria.
    • Score/Activity History tracks all activity attempts, time spent, and scores beginning with the first attempt.
    • Submission History displays the most recent grade submission and the date it was completed.
    • Class Statistics summarizes how the student is performing in comparison to the rest of the class.
    • Objectives (only appears for assessments) displays the objectives aligned with the assessment and the student's performance on each.
  2. The grading panel allows you to edit the following components of the grade:
    • Points earned. This number is automatically calculated when possible; if you change it, you can click Revert to Calculated to reset the score.
    • Full Credit automatically assigns full points, No Credit assigns zero points, and Clear removes all points.
    • Save Draft allows you to save the data you’ve entered without submitting the score, so you can return and edit later.
    • Submit Score saves the grade to the Gradebook where the student can see it.
    • Excuse removes any requirement for the student to complete the activity; excusing a student from an activity saves an X to the Gradebook for that activity and doesn’t count it when calculating the student’s score. Once selected, Excuse reads Un-excuse; click it to undo the excuse.
    • Allow Retry does just that; the student can see that a retry has been permitted, but you may want to send them a message to notify them. Once selected, Allow Retry reads Un-allow Retry; click it to undo the allowance.
    • If you’ve designed the activity to require students to successfully complete it before they can continue to other activities, you can use Override Complete to remove that requirement for the student. Once selected, Override Complete reads Un-complete; click it to undo the override.
    • You can edit the Feedback and Private Note fields in the same way, but notice that the Feedback is visible to the student and the Private Note is just for you.
    • A Returned Attachments field appears between the Feedback and Private Note fields if the activity allows student dropbox submissions (available for Assignment and Custom activity types). Use this field to return attachments and feedback.

Use minimal mode for more content screen space

In minimal mode you can collapse the side grading panel of the Grade Editor to make reviewing content easier.

To use minimal mode:

  1. Click the collapse arrow in the top right corner.
  1. Choose the tabs you want to review.
  2. Manually enter the score in the top bar.
  3. Click the Score tools [wrench] icon to use the Full credit, No credit, Clear, and Revert to calculated shortcuts. Click Save or Submit after manually entering scores or using the Score tools.
  1. Use the side menu to Excuse, Allow retry, and Override complete.

To close the Grade Editor, click Save Draft, Submit Score, or the X in the top, left corner.


  • Buzz previews submissions under the Content tab in the formats listed here. Because the preview function depends on third party tools, support for the listed file types may change or vary depending upon changes made by the preview tool provider:
    • Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, Slides)
    • Microsoft Office (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
    • PDFs (.pdf)
    • Images (.gif, .jpg, .jpeg, ,png, .svg)
    • And more (.3gpp, .avi, .bmp, .eps, .mov, .mpeg4, .mpegps, .mts, .ps, .py, .tiff, .txt, .xml)

Additional articles


  • Create feedback templates to save time grading while still providing thoughtful feedback.
  • With the Activity Grader you are able to toggle between students without closing the window.
  • When adding images with text editors in Buzz, you are able to resize the image to best fit your needs.
  • When you give an activity a score and choose Save Draft, an orange pushpin appears next to it in various locations.

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Dennis Killmer

Hi there,

We can't get the paste function to work in the Grade Editor Feedback (Visible to Student) dialog box. Is there a setting for this?



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Dennis Killmer

This appears to be an issue with Firefox and all is well with Chrome.

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Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

Hey Dennis, are you still experiencing this issue? I can copy/paste into the Feedback box while using Firefox 49.0.2.

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Dennis Killmer

Hi Brad,

We moved to Chrome and have not had any issues, but I will have the folks give it a try it with Firefox 49.0.2.



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Megan Riggers

I'm trying to look up the scores for a student's first attempt on an essay question, is there a way to do that once they submit a second attempt?  Thank you! 

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Varshini G


I am trying to look up the original submission after a retry attempt. Once the student has submitted a retry, how do I look up the original submission? Some students are challenging the retry and our teachers need to be able to verify with the original submission.



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Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

Hey Juanita! You can view previous submissions by:

  1. Select the Submission History tab.
  2. Click on the submission you would like to review.

Once clicked, you should see the previous submission that was provided. Let me know if this helps!

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Varshini G

Hi Brad,

Thanks! It helps :) I am able to access it for any document attachment/dropbox submitted. I was wondering if the same would be possible for discussion board submissions? Just to throw it out there: If a student edits their own thread, would the previous thread be recorded somewhere when the discussion board is set up as a gradable activity?



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Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

Good catch, Juanita. Currently, there is not a way to see previous versions of a discussion board thread. If the user submitted multiple threads, you would see each of them. However, if they edited one of the existing threads, you would not see the edit history.

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Morgan Henderson

Hi. Currently, students have 2 attempts to take a quiz. Their grade is an average of the two attempts. One student submitted by accident, receiving a zero on their first attempt and a 67.5% on their second. I am wanting to replace their grade with the 67.5% instead of the 33.75% average. I can type the 67.5% in the editor, but once I hit save and reload the gradebook, it doesn't change (and still shows the 33.75%).
Please advise.

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Carone Fitness Support

I am having the same problem as Morgan Henderson; after I try to edit a student's grade and hit SUBMIT SCORE, the edited score is not being recorded and the original score is still displayed. Please advise, THANKS!

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Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

A student's achieved score for an assessment follows the established rules. So, if your rules state to take the first attempt's score, then any subsequent attempts or scores granted to subsequent attempts will be ignored. Similarly, if the rules say to average the score, then changing the last submission's score will just average the score across all submissions.

We do have an upcoming improvement where you can return to previous submissions and change their score. For example, if the assessment's rule is to take the first submission score, you will be able to return to the first submission and change its score.

I hope this helps!

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