## ATLAS Gradebook - Excused Assignments Explained

Learn more about how ATLAS Gradebook handles excused assignments.

In ATLAS Gradebook, excused assignments are given a score value of the average score of all assignments in the category that have a valid entry. The average of the scores completed with a valid score entry is calculated taking the number count of valid scores divided by the sum total of the valid scores. In this way, each student has the same total number of assignment scores for the assignment category, regardless of number of assignments excused. |

Here's an example:

**Entered Scores**

*Assignment 1: Excused*

*Assignment 2: 5 of 5 points*

*Assignment 3: 4 of 5 points*

*Assignment 4: 5 of 5 points*

*Assignment 5: 3 of 5 points*

When calculating the scores to find the value to assign the excused assignment, the example above would execute as follows:

(Sum of assignment scores for scored assignments / total count of scored assignments) = Score of excused assignment

5 + 4 + 5 + 3 / 4 = 4.25

Assignment 1 is given the value of 4.25 in calculation. Scores shown below.

**Calculated Scores**

*Assignment 1: 4.25 of 5 points*

*Assignment 2: 5 of 5 points*

*Assignment 3: 4 of 5 points*

*Assignment 4: 5 of 5 points*

*Assignment 5: 3 of 5 points*

**Total: 21.25 of 25 points**