SNAP: Gradebook: Dropping the Lowest or Keeping the Highest Graded Items

If you have graded items within a gradebook category, you can choose to have a specified number of the lowest items not count toward the category total. This option is referred to as Drop Lowest grades. You may instead choose to count only a specified number of high grades, ignoring the rest of the items in a category. This option is referred to as Keep Highest grades.

The Keep Highest option will only have an effect after students have more than the specified number of items. For example, if you are keeping the highest 4 grades, a low grade will only be dropped after students have at least 5 grades in the category.

The Drop Lowest option takes effect only after a student has at least 2 grades. If a student has only one grade, Moodle will not drop it. 

NOTE - these actions are mutually exclusive and only one of these options is allowed at a time for a given category. You cannot simultaneously Keep Highest and Drop Lowest in the same category. Also, if the items in the category have different maximum grade amounts, Keep Highest and  Drop Lowest will not be available as an option.


To Set the Drop Lowest or Keep Highest options in the Gradebook Setup: 

1. Login to Moodle and open your desired course.

2. Select the gear icon (Admin) to the top right, then click Gradebook Setup under Course Administration.

Admin gear icon, course administration, and Gradebook set up button


3. Click Edit in the Actions column for the desired category in Gradebook Setup.

NOTE: This option is only possible under the category level, not the graded item level.

Category level edit settings button


4. The Drop Highest and Keep Lowest options are in the top section of the category edit page labeled Grade Category.

Keep highest and drop lowest value boxes


6. Click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.

Save changes button


For Moodle Essentials-themed course instruction please see Moodle 3: Gradebook: Dropping the Lowest or Keeping the Highest Graded Items

7/30/2020 9:57:05 AM