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Navigating the Essentials Gradebook


The Essentials Gradebook can be viewed by accessing the “Grades” icon Grades icon which appears as a chart symbol.from your course in the Buzz Learning Management System (LMS). The following information can be noted when viewing “Grades.”


  • Scores for tests and assignments are reported as percentages.
  • The total points in the course may vary per student based upon the number of lessons which each individual demonstrates mastery through scores earned on lesson pre-tests.
  • Students will be exempted from the points possible on a lesson quiz associated with successfully passing a related lesson pre-test.
  • Note that any exempted lessons and corresponding assignments will no longer be visible in the student “Activities” feed or student gradebook in Buzz.
  • In the Student Learning Portal (SLP), the exempted assignments are currently displayed with a blank in the “Grade,
    “Completed,” and “Exempt” columns, though the overall point totals and percentages are accurate.
    Example of the 06.01, 06.04, and 06.08 exempted assignments in the sample SLP gradebook.
  • The “Overall Score” line at the bottom of the gradebook in the SLP is the best indicator of a student’s overall progress in the course when compared against the total points possible.

Last updated on February 26, 2021

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.