# How do I drop the lowest grade(s) from a category in Gradebook2?

If you are using a Non-weighted (or weighted) Categories gradebook, you can arrange for a number of the lowest grades in any category to be dropped from Course grade consideration.

The gradebook must use categories (weighted or non-weighted) to use the drop lowest grade functionality.

## Go to Gradebook2.

Select **Gradebook2** from the Tool Menu in your site.

## Case I: If you use non-weighted categories gradebook (grading by points):

The gradebook has 3 categories (Quizzes, Papers and Participation). The instructor would like to drop the lowest grade from the Quizzes Category.

## Right-click the category name and select Edit this Category.

This displays the Edit Category panel on the right.

## Enter the number of lowest category grades to be dropped, then click Save/Close.

This will drop the lowest grade(s) from the Course Grade calculation.

### Example 1:

Notice that to the left of the Quizzes category name is a "-1" indicating that the lowest grade for this category will be dropped from the Course Grade.

### Example 2:

Notice that the lowest score in the category is displayed in red with a line drawn through it and that grade is not included in the Course Grade calculation.

## Case II: If you use weighted categories in your gradebook:

Categories carry a percentage of the total grade, and there are grade items within those categories.

## Right-click the category name and select Edit this Category.

## Select "Weight items equally."

You must check "Weight Items equally" before seeing the Drop Lowest field.

## NOTE: If you only see "Weight items by points," you will need to uncheck that choice before the option to weight items equally will appear.

The ability to drop the lowest grades in a category is only available if you choose to weight items equally.

## Enter the number of lowest category grades to be dropped, then click Save/Close.

This will drop the lowest grade(s) from the Course Grade calculation.

### Example 1:

Notice that to the left of the Quizzes category name is a "-1" indicating that the lowest grade for this category will be dropped from the Course Grade.

### Example 2:

Notice that the lowest score in the category is displayed in red with a line drawn through it and that grade is not included in the Course Grade calculation.