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. 

In Classroom, you can give a numeric grade, leave comment-only feedback, or do both. You can also return assignments without grades.

You can grade and return work from:

  • The Student work page.
  • The Classroom grading tool.
  • The Grades page.

For Grades page instructions, go to View or update your gradebook.

You can download grades for one assignment or for all assignments in a class.

View assignments or import quiz grades

View student assignments

Before viewing a student's assignment, you can see the status of student work, and the number of students in each category. 

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class.
  3. At the top, click Classwork and then the assignment and then View assignment
  4. On the Student work page, you see the number and names of students grouped by work status:
    • Assigned—Work that students have to turn in, including missing or unsubmitted work
    • Turned in—Work that students turned in
    • Graded—Graded work you’ve returned
    • Returned—Ungraded (non-graded) work you’ve returned
    • (Optional) To see the students in a category, click Turned in, Assigned, Graded, or Returned.
  5. To see a student’s submission, on the left, click a student’s name.
Import grades from a Google Forms quiz

To turn on grade importing, ensure that a Forms quiz is the only attachment on an assignment. 

If you didn’t turn on grade importing when you created the assignment, you can edit the assignment after the assignment is posted and completed by students. For details, go to Tips for using Forms quizzes.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class.

  3. At the top, click Classwork and then the assignment and then View assignment.

  4. At the top-right, click Import Grades.
  5. Click Import to confirm. 
    The grades autofill next to the students’ names.
    Note: Importing grades overwrites any grades already entered.
  6. (Optional) To return grades, next to each student whose grade you want to return, check the box and click Return.  
    Students can see their grade in Classroom and Forms.

Enter, review, or change grades 

When you enter a grade, it syncs between the grading tool, the Grades page, and the Student work page. 

As you grade assignments, you might notice that the work or grade status is color coded:

  • Red—Missing work.
  • Green—Turned in work or draft grade.
  • Black—Returned work.

Other colors are based on your class theme and don’t indicate work or grade status.

Enter a grade on the Student work page
  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class.

  3. At the top, click Classwork and then the assignment and then View assignment

  4. To open and review any file the student attached, click the thumbnail.

  5. (Optional) The default point value is 100. To change it, click the point value. Enter another value or select Ungraded and then Update.
    Change grade value
    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.

  6. Next to the student's name, enter the grade. The grade saves automatically.

  7. Enter grades for any other students.

Students get their grades when you return their assignments. You can return assignments during another grading session.

Enter a grade in the grading tool

You can enter grades and give your students personalized feedback with the Classroom grading tool. For instructions on using the grading tool, go to Give feedback on assignments.

The default grade denominator is 100, but it can be changed to any whole number greater than zero. You can change the grade denominator at any time. Changes to grade denominators only affect assignments that haven’t been returned. Returned assignments maintain their original denominator.

  1. Open a student assignment in the grading tool.
  2. Click Grading Grading.
  3. Under Grade, enter the grade.
    Click Grade
Note: You can return assignments without a grade.
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.

Important: This feature is only available on turned in and graded assignments.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. At the top, click Classwork and then the assignment and then View assignment.
  3. On the left, click a student's name.
  4.  Click See history.
    See history
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. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class.
  3. At the top, click Classwork and then the assignment and then View assignment.
  4. Next to a student’s name, click the grade you want to change.
  5. Enter a new number.
    The new grade saves automatically.
  6. (Optional) Click Return and then Return to confirm.

Note: The student can view their new grade when you return their assignment.

Return work or download grades

Students can’t edit any files attached to an assignment until you return it. When you return work, students get notifications if they’re turned on. You can return work, with or without a grade, to one or more students at a time.

Return an assignment from the Student work page

Students can view their grades when you return their assignments. 

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class.
  3. At the top, click Classwork and then the assignment and then View assignment.
  4. Next to each student whose assignment you want to return, check the box and then click Return, and confirm.
    Note: To use Return, you have to select one or more students.
    Click Return

Note: If an assignment is incomplete, you can return it without a grade. In that case, the grade status shows Assigned—or Missing if it’s late—and the grade field is empty.

Return an assignment from the grading tool

Students can view their grades when you return their assignments. The grading tool syncs your feedback and grades to Classroom. For instructions to give feedback, go to Give feedback on assignments.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class.
  3. At the top, click Classwork and then the assignment and then View assignment.
  4. Open a student's assignment.
  5. (Optional) Enter a grade or feedback.
  6. (Optional) To return the student’s work, in the top-right corner, click Return.
    Return
  7. (Optional) To return work to multiple students:
    1. Next to Return, click the Down arrow and then Return multiple submissions.
    2. Next to the students’ names you want to return the assignment to, check the box and then click Return.

You can return all assignments together during another grading session.

Note: If an assignment is incomplete, you can return it without a grade. In that case, the grade status shows Assigned—or Missing if it’s late—and the grade field is empty.

Return an ungraded assignment
When you return an ungraded assignment: 
  • Rather than a grade, next to the student’s name, you see Done .
  • The student’s assignment is marked Returned.

Before you return the assignment, you can add a private comment. 

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class.
  3. At the top, click Classwork and then the assignment and then View assignment
  4. On the left, check the box next to each student whose assignment you want to return.
  5. Click Return and confirm. 
    Click Return
Download grades 

Note: If your school signs up for the Grades export beta program, you can export grades directly from Classroom to your SIS. For details, go to the beta sign-up form.

You can download grades from Classroom to Google Sheets or to a comma-separated values (CSV) file. If you need a hardcopy of the grades, you can print the file you download.

Currently, you can only download grades in the computer version of Classroom.

Download grades to Sheets

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class.
  3. At the top, click Classworkand thenthe assignmentand thenView assignment.
  4. On the Student Work page, click Settings Settings and thenCopy all grades to Google Sheets.

    The spreadsheet is created in your Classroom Drive folder.
    Download grades

Download grades to a CSV file

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class.
  3. At the top, click Classworkand thenthe assignmentand thenView assignment.
  4. On the Student Work page, click Settings Settings and choose an option:
    • To download grades for one assignment, select Download these grades as CSV.
    • To download all grades for the class, select Download all grades as CSV.

      The file saves to your computer.

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