Grade and return an assignment

This article is for teachers

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

On the Student work page, you can see the current status of students’ work and enter a numeric grade after you’ve reviewed an assignment. If you make a copy of a Google Drive file for each student, you can review work in progress and add comments.

Using the Classroom grading tool, you can give comment-only feedback, enter a grade, or do both on an assignment once it’s turned in. For instructions on using the  grading tool, see Give feedback on assignments.

If you don’t know if your class is using Classwork, see Does my class have the Classwork page?

My class has the Classwork page

If you don't have the Classwork page, go here instead.

View student assignments
  1. Tap Classroom Classroom.
  2. Tap the class and then Classwork and then the assignment. Don't see Classwork?
  3. On the Student Work page, you can review the following details:
    • Turned in—The number and names of students who submitted work.
    • Assigned—The number and names of students who haven't submitted work.
      If a student unsubmits work, the work is marked as Assigned.
    • Graded—If your assignment is graded, the number and names of students you've graded and returned work to.
    • Returned—If your assignment is ungraded, the number and names of students you've returned work to.
  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. Don't see Classwork?
  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. Don't see Classwork?
  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. Don't see Classwork?
  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. Don't see Classwork?
  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. Don't see Classwork?
  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.

My class doesn't have the Classwork page

View student assignments
  1. Tap Classroom Classroom.
  2. Tap the class and then the assignment.
  3. Tap Student Work to see who has or hasn't submitted their work.
  4. Tap a student's name to view their submission.
  5. (Optional) To open and review any file the student attached, tap the thumbnail.
  6. (Optional) To add a private comment, tap Add private comment, enter your comment, and tap Post Post.
  7. (Optional) To add a comment to the class, tap Close Close and then Instructions and then Add class comment. Enter your comment and tap Post Post.
Grade and return an assignment

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.

Grade an assignment

  1. Tap Classroom Classroom.

  2. Tap the class and then the assignment.
  3. Tap Student Work.
  4. (Optional) The default point value is 100. To change it, tap the point value. Enter another value or select Ungraded and then Save.
  5. Tap the student's name.
  6. Tap Add grade and enter the grade.
    The grade is automatically saved.

    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.

  7. (Optional) To add a private comment, tap Add private comment, enter your comment, and tap Post Post.
  8. To return to the Student To-do page, tap Close Close .
  9. (Optional) To add a comment to the class, tap Instructions and then Add class comment. Enter your comment and tap Post Post.

Important: Grades are automatically saved. To update students about their grades, you need to return the assignment to them. You can return assignments during another session. However, private comments entered during grading won't be saved unless you return the assignment immediately.

Return an assignment

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

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

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 the assignment.
  3. Tap Student Work.
  4. Tap the box next to each student whose assignment you want to return.
  5. Tap Return and then Return again to confirm.

Note: 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 the assignment.
  3. Tap Student Work.
  4. Tap the name of the student whose grade you want to change.
  5. Tap the grade and enter a new one.
  6. (Optional) To add a private comment, tap Add private comment, enter your comment, and tap Post Post.
  7. To return to the Student Work page, Tap Close Close .

Note: The new grade is automatically saved. 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 the assignment.
  3. Tap Student Work.
  4. Tap the name of a student.
  5. 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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