1. Set up categories (BB221793) of assignments in your Faculty Access for the Web gradebook.  
  2. For each category, define the number of lowest grades to exclude, or "drop", from calculations.  
  3. When grades are calculated, the lowest grade(s) will be excluded based on the following criteria:
    • The program drops the lowest grades based on the percentage of the numeric grade out of the total possible points. For example, an assignment grade of 80 out of 100 (80%) is dropped before an assignment grade of 45 out of 50 (90%).
    • The program does not drop assignments with zero maximum points. If all assignments in a category have zero maximum points, such as in an extra credit category, you can enter a number to drop but no grades will drop.
    • If you associate a grading scale with an assignment's category, the program uses the percentage value from the grading scale to determine the lowest grade.
    • If you calculate marking column averages using category averages and all grades are dropped in a category, the category's average and factor are not considered in the marking column average calculation but are not deleted. The factors of the remaining categories readjust to equal 100% of the marking column average calculation.
    • If you use system-defined characters (BB72969), the program process them as follows:
      • If you enter X (exempt) for an assignment grade, the X is not considered as a grade to drop.  
      • If you enter M (missing) for an assignment grade, the M is considered a zero and can be dropped.  

    Note: If you change the value in the Number to Drop column for a category, you receive a message that grades will recalculate. If you change the value from blank to zero or from zero to blank, you also receive this message. However, blank and zero values are the same and do not result in changes to calculations.