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Gold Plan Schools: Canvas Grade Passback
Gold Plan Schools: Canvas Grade Passback

Learn how to pass grades back to Canvas automatically - and use Speedgrader!

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Written by Rebecca Worden
Updated over a week ago

What is Grade Passback?

Canvas grade passback is a feature for our Gold plan schools that allows teachers to return scores from Formative assignments back to Canvas.

Prerequisits for Grade Passback

There are a few initial steps to ensure the passback feature is available on a formative:

In addition, your students must have clicked on the Canvas assignment to open the formative. (They cannot log in directly on the Formative website.)

Use Grade Passback

Ready to get started?

After your students have started responding to questions, click on the Canvas assignment that contains a formative.

If you did not check "Load This Tool in a New Tab" when you created the Canvas assignment, you'll see the formative load directly in Canvas. If you did check "Load This Tool in a New Tab," then you'll see a button prompting you to load the formative in a new window. Click on this to load the formative.

Click on the triple dots near the top right of the formative, and select "Grade Passback". Then select "Pass back grades to Canvas:"

You will be presented with an interface where you can choose which students' grades you wish to send to the Canvas grade book. You can select / deselect classes and students on this interface, and adjust the scores if you wish:

Complete/Incomplete vs. Grades

Enabling complete/incomplete grading is now an option! When enabled, it gives 100% to students who submitted. Teachers can also manually adjust the complete/ incomplete status prior to passing the grades back.


  • You can override the grade on this interface before passing back. This will not affect the grade in Formative, only in Canvas (after clicking "Send").

  • The score in Formative is used only to calculate a percentage.

  • The score in Canvas will be the same percentage shown here, but of the points allocated to the assignment within Canvas.

  • If the assignment has zero points allocated within Canvas, all grades will be set to zero, as any percentage of zero will still be zero.

  • After grades are passed back, you can use the "Speed Grader" feature to review student submissions inside Canvas.


Assignment is no longer associated with this tool

This can occur if the assignment the student(s) used to answer the formative was removed or changed not to use Formative. You will likely have to manually enter the grades in this case as Formative no longer has the right information it needs to pass grades to the right place in the gradebook.

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