There may be times when you give an assessment, but you don't want to include it in the calculation of the final grade. This process is different for the assessments gradebook and the standards gradebook. This article walks you through the process for both points-based and standards-based assessments.

Note - excluded assessments are not included on report cards.

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Excluding from the Assessments Gradebook

There are two options for excluding an assessment from the assessments gradebook:

➡️ Option 1: From the Assessment Settings

  • When assigning the assessment, you are given the option to include the score in the final grade. Uncheck the box for "Include Score in Gradebook" to exclude the assessment from the final grade calculation.

  • This will automatically assign a status of Excluded to the students assigned the assessment.

  • For + (Plus) Assessments: This process is slightly different for + (plus) assessments. When you create the + assessment, toggle the "Include Score in Final Grade" option off.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: This will NOT hide the assessment from viewing in the gradebook. Students and parents will still see a column for the assessment and the assessment score, but it will not be calculated into the student's final grade. In addition, the assessment will not be listed on the To Do list.

➡️ Option 2: From the Gradebook

You can exclude a student's score from the overall points calculation from the assessments gradebook.

  • Step 1: Select the checkbox next to the students you wish to exclude.

  • Step 2: Double-click the status of the first student you checked.

  • Step 3: Choose Excluded from the dropdown.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: You can exclude all students by selecting the checkbox next to First Name at the top-left corner of the gradebook and then following the same steps as above.

Excluding from the Standards Gradebook

When assigning a standards-based assessment, there isn't an "Include Score in Final Grade" option. Instead, when you create the assessment, do not attach standards to the assessment. Here's how it works:

  • The grades in the Standards Gradebook are determined by each student attempt at a particular standard. If the assessment isn't linked to any standards, the results will not count as attempts for that standard and will not factor into the student's overall standard performance.

  • When you assign an assessment that doesn't have any standards attached, you will see the message below. That's ok! You can still assign the assessment without standards. This message is simply reminding you that you don't have any standards linked.


  • If an assessment is excluded from the gradebook, will it appear on report cards? No. Excluded scores are not included on report cards.

  • If an assessment is excluded from the gradebook, can I still view that assessment data in assessment analytics? Yes. You will still be able to view the assessment data in assessment analytics.

  • If an assessment is excluded from the gradebook, will it appear on the To Do list? No. Excluded scores are not listed on the To Do list.

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