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.

Note: You might notice slight visual differences between tablets and phones.

Display assignments or 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.
  2. Select the class.
  3. At the top, select Classwork.
  4. Select the assignment to display.
  5. On the right, select 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 status of student work:
    • 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
  7. To view a student's submission, tap their name and then any files they attached.

Import quiz grades

This feature is only available in the computer version of Classroom. To see the instructions, click Computer.

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 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
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 .
  2. Tap the class and then Classwork and then the assignment.
  3. Optional: The default grading scale is numerical based on the total points of the assignment. Education Plus and Teaching and Learning Upgrade editions have the option for expanded grading scales. 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.
    • You can only set up grading scales through a computer.
  1. Tap the student's name.
  2. Tap Add grade and enter the grade. 
    The grade saves automatically.
  3. Choose one:
    • To return to the Student work page, in the top-left corner, tap Close .
    • To return the assignment to the student, in the top-right corner, tap Return.
      Note: These options show when a student is selected.  

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

Enter a grade in the grading tool

This feature is only available in the computer version of Classroom. To see the instructions, click Computer.
See the grade history of an assignment
This feature is only available in the computer version of Classroom. To see the instructions, click Computer.
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 .
  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 saves automatically.
  5. Choose one:
    • To return to the Student work page, in the top-left corner, tap Close .
    • To return the assignment to the student, in the top-right corner, tap Return.
      Note: These options show when a student is selected.  

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
On a computer, 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

Students can view their grades when you return their assignments.

  1. Tap 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. In the top-right corner, tap Return and confirm.

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. Tap 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. In the top-right corner, tap Return and confirm.
Download grades
This feature is only available in the computer version of Classroom. To see the instructions, click Computer.

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