Drop Grades in Gradebook


This article explains how to drop the lowest, or highest, grade in the Gradebook in Blackboard Ultra.


When to Use?

With the "Drop Grades" feature in the Blackboard Ultra course view, multiple grades can be dropped from the student's overall grade within the course. There is an option to drop the lowest or the highest grade. Follow the instructions below, or watch the video, to learn how to drop the lowest, or highest, grade in the Gradebook in Blackboard Ultra course view.


  1. Access your Ultra course and select the Gradebook from the top-right menu.
  2. Hover over your Gradebook (list or grid mode) until the purple (+) appears.
  3. Click the purple (+) to add a Calculation
  4. A layer will open with a formula builder. Enter a name for this calculation at the top of the page.
  5. Select a Grading Schema: Letter, Percentage, or Points.
  6. Click TOTAL from the Functions column.
  7. Select the TOTAL in the formula builder canvas and choose the category from which you will drop the lowest score.
  8. From the Operators and Functions columns, click the following in this specific order:
    • Subtract 
    • Open Parenthesis 
    • Minimum - be sure to choose the same category as TOTAL
    • Multiply 
    • Value - enter 1
    • Closed Parenthesis
  9. Click Validate to verify the formula. A green checkmark means your formula is good.
  10. Click SAVE to return to the Gradebook and check the results.




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