Create or edit grading periods

Important: This article is for teachers.

To better plan, organize, and analyze assignments and grades, set up grading periods. These periods can match your school or district’s grading structure, such as quarters or semesters. Once set up, assignments are automatically organized into grading periods based on the due date (or publish date if no due date is set).

Grading periods are available for:

  • Google Workspace for Education Plus editions, formerly known as G Suite Enterprise for Education
  • Teaching and Learning Upgrade editions

Only a school administrator can select your edition.

Set up grading periods

  1. On your computer, go to
  2. Click your class and then Settings .
  3. Under “Grading,” click Add grading period.
  4. Set each period’s:
    • Name
    • Start date and end dates
      • Tips:
        • Start and end dates for grading periods cannot overlap.
        • Grading period names must be unique.
  5. To add another grading period, click Add grading period.
  6. To add current assignments to your grading period, turn on Apply to existing assignments.
    • For assignments with due dates: The due date determines the grading period.
    • For assignments you published within a grading period: The grading period is set.
    • For assignments with publish date and due dates that fall outside of a grading period: Set their grading periods individually since grading periods aren’t automatically set.
  7. To save your changes, click Save.


  • If you rename a grading period, you don't need to update any stream items.
  • Coordinate your grading periods with your school's grading periods.

Copy grading periods to multiple classes

Important: When you copy grading periods to other classes, they replace the existing ones.

  1. On your computer, go to
  2. Click your class and then Settings .
  3. Under “Grading periods,” next to “Copy to other classes,” click Select classes .
  4. Select the classes you want to add the grading periods to.
  5. Click Select.


  • To avoid issues with copied grading periods, compare your grading periods to your assignments’:
    • Due dates
    • Scheduled dates
    • Publish dates
  • If the dates aren’t compatible, update the grading periods.
    • Review your assignments.
    • Remove any deleted or out-of-date grading periods.
    • Include the new grading periods in the class settings.
    • Add the new grading periods to relevant assignments.

View grading periods in your gradebook

  1. On your computer, go to
  2. To open your gradebook, select an option:
    • On a class card, click Open gradebook .
    • In a class, at the top, click Grades.
  3. To view grading period averages for a class:
    1. At the top left, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
    2. Click View grading period averages.
      • Tip: This option is only available if overall grade calculation is turned on for your class.
  4. Optional: To change the grading period:
    1. At the top left, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
    2. Select a grading period.


  • Before you export grades, set the assignment due date within the selected grading period to avoid:
    • Grade export errors
    • Inconsistencies between the Classroom gradebook and the SIS gradebook
  • Only teachers can view grades by grading period. Students can only view their overall grade for a class.

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