Sapling Learning > Gradebook Basics

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Navigating to the Gradebook

There are three ways to access the gradebook.

  • From your main course page, click on the Grades button.
  • From the activity editor, click the Go to Gradebook button. 
  • From the student preview, you can click the Gradebook link in the upper right corner.


Using the Gradebook

The gradebook is laid out with assignments across the top and students down the left side.

  1. A green score will appear as soon a student begins work on an assignment and steadily increase as they get questions correct.
  2. When the student is finished, the score will turn blue to indicate that it is final.
  3. When the due date passes, any remaining green scores turn blue but will have an asterisk (*) indicating that the student did not complete all questions (where "complete" means either correct or given up on).

  • Click any score to see that student's performance on that activity.
For more information, see the following help articles:

Depending on the size of your monitor and your course, some assignments may be off the right side of your gradebook. To scroll right, use the scrollbar at the bottom of the gradebook. To reorder the columns see the help article Grade Column Order.


Your grades may be grouped into one or more categories (for example, many gradebooks have an "Ungraded" category). Each category name is followed by one of three symbols:

  • aggregates only icon to collapse the category, displaying only the summary score for that category.
  • grades only icon to expand the category, displaying all scores within that category.
  • full view icon to expand the category further, displaying all scores within that category plus the summary score for that category.

For most purposes, you can collapse your gradebook (cycling through to the aggregates only icon button) to view only the summary grade for each category, while expanding the overall category for your entire course (the category that shares a name with your course). The far-right column of your gradebook will contain the total for each student for the entire course, while the bottom row shows the overall average for each category or activity.

However, you can also view any individual student's responses to every question in an assignment by expanding the category (grades only icon button) and clicking on any individual score.

For more information on categories, see the help article Advanced Gradebook Settings.

Viewing Scores

The color and style of each score tells you some information about that student's progress.

  • Assignment not started: If a student has not yet opened an activity and the due date has not passed, the score shows as a dash (-). You can still click through to see what the assignment will look like for that student (for example, to see what variables they have in algorithmically generated questions).
  • Assignment in progress: If a student has started an activity, the due date has not passed, and the student still has attempts remaining on one or more questions, the score displays in green italics. These scores are not included in totals, since they represent the student's score so far on that assignment.
  • Completed assignment: If a student has finished all questions (by getting them correct, giving up, or running out of attempts) or the due date has passed, the score displays in blue. Such scores are included in totals.
  • Completed assignment with attempts remaining: If the due date has passed but the student still has attempts remaining on one or more questions, the score has an asterisk (*). Giving the student an extension on the assignment will allow them to continue the assignment. Keep in mind that any available solutions become available to students when the due date passes, so students with an * have access to the solutions until you grant them an extension.


If you have groups configured in your course, you'll have a dropdown menu to display the grades of each group separately. If you do not see this dropdown menu, contact your Client Success Specialist.

Editing Scores

Any score can be edited. Click Turn editing on at the top-right corner of the gradebook, and enter the new score in place of the old score. When you have finished editing scores, click "Update" at the bottom-middle of the gradebook.

For more information, see the help article Editing Grades.

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