With this feature, teachers are allowed make their own categories in their own subjects, in addition to the ones already setup in school. It's a cool feature and is available to all schools - Administrators simply need to turn it on from Settings --> "Configure" for "Gradebook/Report Cards". Because Grading categories are used in the Gradebook, teachers are able to setup their own custom categories within the Gradebook itself.
Let's take a look at how this system works.
After you click into your Gradebook, scroll down to the bottom of the page and select "Change Grading Scale". This brings up the Gradebook configuration page.
Next, select the "Edit your own categories" link:
Once categories are setup, you can insert assignments and assessments within that category from the Add Column menu, as well configure Formulas to include the custom categories in their weighting.
..and that should be it! We hope you enjoy the additional flexibility of custom categories. Of course, if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns, please feel free to contact us any time. We'd love to help out!