Grade & return an assignment

This article is for teachers.

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.

For practice sets, learn how to grade a practice set assignment.

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

Display assignments & import quiz grades

Display 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.
  4. Select the assignment to display.
  5. On the right, click on the number over "Turned in" or "Assigned." The student work page is displayed.
    • Tip: You can only get to the student work page when the number isn't "0" for both "Turned in" and "Assigned."
  6. 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.
  7. To check a student’s submission, click on the assignment thumbnail.
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.
  4. Select the assignment to display.
  5. On the right, click on the number over "Turned in" or "Assigned." The student work page is displayed.
    • Tip: You can only get to the student work page when the number isn't "0" for both "Turned in" and "Assigned."
  6. At the top-right, click Import Grades.
  7. Click Import to confirm.
    The grades autofill next to the students’ names.
    Note: Importing grades overwrites any grades already entered.
  8. (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.
  4. Select the assignment to display.
  5. On the right, click on the number over "Turned in" or "Assigned." The student work page is displayed.
    • Tip: You can only get to the student work page when the number isn't "0" for both "Turned in" and "Assigned."
  6. Click the Student Work tab.
  7. To open and review any file the student attached, click the thumbnail.
    • The default grading scale is numerical based on the total points of the assignment. For expanded grading scales option, Education Plus and Teaching and Learning Upgrade editions have it. You can align Classroom grading to your school's system whether:

      • Alphabetical
        • For example, letter grades A to F or proficiency unsatisfactory to excellent.
      • Numeric
        • For example, 4 point scales.
      • Custom grading scales
        • For example, emojis.
    • Grading scales features work with:

      • Average grade calculation
      • Rubrics
      • SIS integration
      • Analytics
      • Practice sets and Forms auto-grading
    • You can enter a grade either for the number of points or, if you have grading scales set up, based on the levels on the grading scale. For example, if you have letter grades set up in your class and you assign a 10 point assignment, under “Grade,” you can:

      • Enter 8
      • Enter Good
      • Select Good 8/10 from the dropdown menu
    • You and your co-teachers can find all grades in both points value and the level it corresponds to.

    • A student can find both the points value and the level it corresponds to if a grade is returned.

  8. Next to the student's name, enter the grade. The grade saves automatically.
  9. 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 personalize your students feedback with the Classroom grading tool.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com.
  2. Click the class.
  3. At the top, click Grades.
  4. Next to the student’s name, and under the relevant assignment, enter the grade.
  5. Press Enter.
    • The grade saves as a draft.
    • The default grading scale is numerical based on the total points of the assignment. For expanded grading scales option, Education Plus and Teaching and Learning Upgrade editions have it. You can align Classroom grading to your school's system whether:
      • Alphabetical
        • For example, letter grades A to F or proficiency unsatisfactory to excellent.
      • Numeric
        • For example, 4 point scales.
      • Custom grading scales
        • For example, emojis.
    • Grading scales features work with:
      • Average grade calculation
      • Rubrics
      • SIS integration
      • Analytics
      • Practice sets and Forms auto-grading
    • You can enter a grade either for the number of points or if you have grading scales set up, based on the levels on the grading scale. For example, if you have letter grades set up in your class and you assign a 10 point assignment, under “Grade,” you can:
      • Enter 8
      • Enter Good
      • Select Good 8/10 from the dropdown menu.
      • Click More and then Excuse if the student was waived from this assignment.
    • You and your co-teachers can find all grades in both points value and the level it corresponds to.
    • If a grade returns, a student can find both the points value and the level it corresponds to.
  6. To return the assignment to the student, click More and then Return.
    • Optional: Enter grades for any other students and assignments.

Tip: 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. Click the class.
  3. At the top, click Classwork.
  4. Select the assignment to display.
  5. On the right, click on the number over "Turned in" or "Assigned." The student work page is displayed.
    • Tip: You can only get to the student work page when the number isn't "0" for both "Turned in" and "Assigned."
  6. On the left, click a student's name.
  7. Click 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.
  4. Select the assignment to display.
  5. On the right, click on the number over "Turned in" or "Assigned." The student work page is displayed.
    • Tip: You can only get to the student work page when the number isn't "0" for both "Turned in" and "Assigned."
  6. Next to a student’s name, click the grade you want to change.
  7. Enter a new number.
    The new grade saves automatically.
  8. (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.

Set up a grading scale

You can start with the default grading scale options, or create your own grading scale.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com.
  2. Click the class.
  3. At the top right, click Class settings .
  4. In “Grading,” under “Grading scale,” click Add.
  5. Select an option:
    • Proficiency
    • Letter grades
    • 4 point scale
    • Create your own: Creates a custom grading scale.
  6. Edit the level and values of your grading scale.
  7. Optional: To copy your grading scale to other classes:
    1. Click Select classes .
    2. On the right, check the box next to the class you want to copy your grading scale to.
    3. Click Select.
  8. At the top right, click Save.

Tips:

  • When you edit a default grading scale, it becomes a custom grading scale.
  • When you remove a custom grading scale that was previously used in a class, a confirmation dialog displays, and you won’t be able to access it again.
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.
  4. Select the assignment to display.
  5. On the right, click on the number over "Turned in" or "Assigned." The student work page is displayed.
    • Tip: You can only get to the student work page when the number isn't "0" for both "Turned in" and "Assigned."
  6. 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.
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

You can enter grades and personalize your students feedback with the Classroom grading tool.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com.
  2. Click the class.
  3. At the top, click Grades.
  4. Next to the student's name, and under the relevant assignment, enter the grade.
  5. Press Enter.
    • The grade saves as a draft.
    • The default grading scale is numerical based on the total points of the assignment. For expanded grading scales option, Education Plus and Teaching and Learning Upgrade editions have it. You can align Classroom grading to your school's system whether:
      • Alphabetical
        • For example, letter grades A to F or proficiency unsatisfactory to excellent.
      • Numeric
        • For example, 4 point scales.
      • Custom grading scales
        • For example, emojis.
    • Grading scales features work with:
      • Average grade calculation
      • Rubrics
      • SIS integration
      • Analytics
      • Practice sets and Forms auto-grading
    • You can enter a grade either for the number of points or, if you have grading scales set up, based on the levels on the grading scale. For example, if you have letter grades set up in your class and you assign a 10 point assignment, under “Grade,” you can:
      • Enter 8
      • Enter Good
      • Select Good 8/10 from the dropdown menu.
      • Click More and then Excuse if the student was waived from this assignment.
    • You and your co-teachers can find all grades in both points value and the level it corresponds to.
    • If a grade returns, a student can find both the points value and the level it corresponds to.
  6. To return the assignment to the student, click More and then Return.
    • Optional: Enter grades for any other students and assignments.

Tip: You can return assignments without a grade.

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.
  4. Select the assignment to display.
  5. On the right, click on the number over "Turned in" or "Assigned." The student work page is displayed.
    • Tip: You can only get to the student work page when the number isn't "0" for both "Turned in" and "Assigned."
  6. On the left, check the box next to each student whose assignment you want to return.
  7. Click Return and confirm.
Download grades
Note: Select customers can export grades directly from Classroom to their SIS. Learn more. 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 Classwork.
  4. Select the assignment to display.
  5. On the right, click on the number over "Turned in" or "Assigned." The student work page is displayed.
    • Tip: You can only get to the student work page when the number isn't "0" for both "Turned in" and "Assigned."
  6. On the Student Work page, click Settings and then Copy all grades to Google Sheets. The spreadsheet is created in your Classroom Drive folder

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 Classwork.
  4. Select the assignment to display.
  5. On the right, click on the number over "Turned in" or "Assigned." The student work page is displayed.
    • Tip: You can only get to the student work page when the number isn't "0" for both "Turned in" and "Assigned."
  6. On the Student Work page, click 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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