How is Roll Call Attendance graded in Canvas?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

By default, Attendance is included in Canvas as a non-submission graded assignment worth 100 points. The display grade is set as a percentage.

Attendance points are calculated by a percentage of the number of dates the roll is taken and the number of total points. You can also specify the percent of credit given to a student who is marked late.

Take Attendance

Take Attendance

When you take roll in the Attendance tool, the status you set for each student is associated with a percentage value. Statuses include present and on time (green check: 100%), not present (red x: 0%), or late (orange clock: 80%).

View Lateness Value

Adjust Lateness Value

By default, the value of being late is 80% of the present value. So if a student is late, the student will receive 80% for the day instead of the full 100%. The late value can be adjusted in Roll Call settings.

View Attendance Assignment

When you take attendance using Roll Call, Canvas automatically adds Attendance as an assignment. The default point value for attendance is 100 points.

To avoid Attendance calculation errors, never delete, rename, or unpublish the Attendance assignment.

Note: Although students cannot view the actual attendance tool, they can still view the attendance assignment.

View Gradebook Scores

Roll Call Attendance Column in Gradebook

In the Gradebook Attendance column, by default Canvas displays the assignment based on percentage of the point value. For instance, if the point value is 100, and roll call has been taken twice, a student with one present value (100%) and one lateness value (calculated at 80%) will have a score of 90 points, or 90%.

The Attendance Gradebook column will update every time you take roll call in the Attendance tool.

Note: Although students cannot view the actual attendance tool, they can still view their attendance score.

Edit Attendance Assignment

Some instructors want to change the value of roll call in the Gradebook, change the assignment type, or move the assignment to another group.

If you want to edit the points assigned for Attendance, you can edit the point value in the assignment. However, this adjustment is only recommended if you are never going to change the point value again and you make the adjustment after your first day of roll call.

If you are using weighted assignment groups and would rather set grade weighting for attendance, you can create a new weighted assignment group, set the group percentage value to your preferred percentage value (zero up to 100), and move the Attendance assignment into that group. The percentage value you set for the group will control the point value assigned to the Attendance assignment, despite the assigned point value.

You can also choose to remove Attendance from the Gradebook completely by changing the assignment type.

Learn more about how to edit edit the Attendance assignment.

Mute Attendance Assignment

Mute Attendance Assignment

If you would prefer students not receive notifications when their attendance grade is updated, you can mute the assignment to prevent it from triggering notifications. Hover over the Attendance assignment title and click the drop-down menu [1], then select the Mute Assignment link [2].