Once I publish my Quiz, what kinds of quiz statistics are available?

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.

You can view quiz statistics for quizzes that have been published and have at least one submission. You can also download comma separate value (CSV) files to view Student Analysis or Item Analysis for each quiz question. For more detailed information about item analysis limitations and calculations, please refer to the Item Analysis PDF.

For optimum course performance in the Canvas interface, quiz statistics are only valid for quizzes under 100 questions or 1000 attempts. For instance, a quiz with 200 questions will not generate quiz statistics. However, a quiz with 75 questions will generate quiz statistics until the quiz has reached 1000 attempts. Results greater than these maximum values can be viewed by downloading the Student Analysis report and viewing the CSV file.

Open Quizzes

Open Quizzes

In Course Navigation, click the Quizzes link.

Open Quiz

Open Quiz

Click the title of the quiz you want to open.

Open Quiz Statistics

Open Quiz Statistics

Click the Quiz Statistics link.

Note: Quiz Statistics will not be available until at least one student has completed the quiz.

View Statistics

By default, the quiz summary shows statistics for all sections including the quiz average score, high score, low score, standard deviation (how far the values are spread across the entire score range), and average time of quiz completion [1]. To view quiz statistics for a section, click the Section Filter drop-down menu [2].

The quiz summary chart is interactive; users can focus on a specific segment of the chart by selecting a range with their cursor, such as viewing the number of students who scored between 0 and 50 percent [3].

If a student had multiple assignment attempts, you can view past attempts in SpeedGrader. Quiz stats will only display the kept score for the student (highest score or latest score).

View Analysis Reports

When instructors generate an analysis report, Canvas shows the last time the report was generated. If there is an error with the report, instructors can retry the option or cancel the analysis completely.

Download csv files to view Student Analysis or Item Analysis for each quiz question to count all student attempts in the statistics. For more detailed information about item analysis limitations and calculations, please refer to the Quiz Item Analysis PDF.

View Question Breakdown

You can view a breakdown of each question in the quiz. Toggle the expand button to expand or collapse all details for all quiz questions.

View Expanded Question Breakdown

Each question displays answer bars relating to the percentage of each answer choice. You can hover over the answer bars to see the percentage and number of students in the tooltip [1]. Expanding the question shows the exact percentage of each answer below the answer bars with the exact answer choices from your students [2]. You can also click the respondents link to view the names of the students who chose each specific answer [3].

View Discrimination Index

Quiz statistics for True/False and Multiple Choice quiz questions include an item discrimination index, which attempts to look at a spread of scores and reflect differences in student achievement. This metric provides a measure of how well a single question can tell the difference (or discriminate) between students who do well on an exam and those who do not. It divides students into three groups based on their score on the whole quiz and displays those groups by who answered the question correctly.

Lower discrimination scores (in red) are scored +0.24 or lower [1]; good scores (green) are +0.25 or higher [2]. An ideal discrimination index shows students who scored higher on the quiz getting the quiz question right, students who scored lower on the quiz getting the quiz question wrong, and students in the middle range on either side. A discrimination index of zero shows all students getting the quiz question right or wrong.

View Distribution Scaling

Quiz statistics for Fill-in-Multiple Blanks, Multiple Dropdowns (often used for Likert Scale questions), and Matching questions are animated to distinguish between answer choices. When each answer is selected, the bars in the answer distribution chart are scaled according to the answer response.