Canvas automatically generates a running total of each student’s current grade. However, this only includes assignments that have a grade entered. If no grade is entered, the assignment is not counted in the Total grade calculation.
This can lead to students misunderstanding their current grade.
To ensure an accurate point total/percentage, be sure to enter a “O” for all missed assignments.
You can assign a zero to multiple students in each assignment by using the Default Grade feature. Note the option to “Overwrite already-entered grades.”
See the Canvas Guide:
NOTE: The Treat ungraded as zero option in the Gradebook only affects the instructor view, and does not actually adjust the point total. It also is for all items in the Gradebook, not individual assessments.