Grade and return an assignment

This article is for teachers

Coming soon: Organize your gradebook into grading periods, such as quarters or semesters, and see overall grades for each. 


Classroom supports various assessment methods. You can give a numeric grade, leave comment-only feedback, or use a combination of both.

For example, you can see student work status and enter a numeric grade on the Student work page or the Grades page.

And you can give comment-only feedback, enter a grade, or do both with the grading tool. For instructions on using the grading tool, go to Give feedback on assignments.

Note: You might notice slight visual differences between tablets and phones.
View student assignments
  1. Tap Classroom Classroom.
  2. Tap the class and then Classwork and then the assignment.
  3. On the Student Work page, you can review the status of student assignments:
    • Turned in—Submitted work you haven’t yet graded or returned.
    • Assigned—Missing or unsubmitted work.
    • Graded—Graded work you’ve returned.
    • Returned—Ungraded (non-graded) work you’ve returned.
  4. To view a student’s submission, tap their name.
  5. To open and review any attached files, tap the thumbnail.
Enter a grade on the Student Work page
You can edit or comment in any document in Drive. Your edits or comments are automatically saved and ready for the student to review when they open the document.
You can also add feedback directly onto student work. Learn more about writing notes on student work.
Students can’t edit any files attached to an assignment that’s turned in until it's returned.
  1. Tap Classroom Classroom.
  2. Tap the class and then Classwork and then the assignment.
  3. (Optional) The default point value is 100. To change it, at the top, tap the point value.
    Enter another value or select Ungraded and then Save and then Update.
    Note: For decimal grades, Classroom supports 2 digits after the decimal point. If you enter more than 2 digits, the grade is rounded to the nearest 2-digit decimal form. For example, if you enter 88.725, it’s rounded to 88.73.
  4. Tap the student's name.
  5. Tap Add grade and enter the grade. 
    The grade is automatically saved.
  6. To return to the Student Work page, tap Close Close .
To update students about their grades, you need to return the assignment to them. You can return assignments during another session. 
Return an assignment

Students can’t edit any files attached to an assignment that’s turned in until it's returned.

  1. Tap Classroom Classroom.
  2. Tap the class and then Classwork and then the assignment. 
  3. Tap the box next to each student whose assignment you want to return.
  4. Tap Return and then Return again to confirm.

When you return an assignment, students get an email or mobile notification if they have notifications set up.

Note: Assignments can be returned to students without a grade. 

Return ungraded assignments
When you create an assignment, if it doesn't need a grade, you can set it to Ungraded.
When students complete a task, they tap Turn in or Mark as done in the assignment. See Submit an assignment.
Note: If a student doesn't tap Turn in or Mark as done before the due date, the assignment is marked "Missing." If there's no due date, it's marked "Assigned."
You can then review their work and return it.

Return an ungraded assignment

  1. Tap Classroom Classroom.
  2. Tap the class and then Classwork and then the assignment.
  3. Tap the box next to each student whose assignment you want to return.
  4. Tap Return and then Return again to confirm.

When you return an assignment, students get an email or mobile notification if they have notifications set up.

Change a grade

You can change a grade after you return an assignment to students. Also, students can do more work and resubmit the assignment. You can then change the grade and return the assignment again.

  1. Tap Classroom Classroom.
  2. Tap the class and then Classwork and then the assignment.
  3. Tap the name of the student whose grade you want to change.
  4. Tap the grade and enter a new one.
    The grade is automatically saved.
  5. Choose one:
    • To go back to the Student Work page, tap Close Close.
    • To immediately return the assignment to the student, tap Return and then Update.

Note: To update students about new grades, you need to return the assignment again.

See the grade and submission history of an assignment

You can see how the grade for an assignment has changed and how many times a student has submitted an assignment.

  1. Tap Classroom Classroom.
  2. Tap the class and then Classwork and then the assignment.
  3. Tap the name of a student.
  4. At the top, tap More More and then See history.
Export grades
This feature is only available in the computer version of Classroom. To see the instructions, click Computer.
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