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Grade and return an assignment

This page is for teachers. Students go here.

As students begin working on an assignment, you can view their progress and add comments or make edits. When the assignment is complete, you can assign a grade and return it. After you return an assignment, students receive a notification by email and on their mobile devices if notifications are set up. The student also regains edit access to any Google Drive files that were part of the assignment.

You can view students’ comments on the assignment in the class stream or on the assignment instructions page. 

Student Work page

The Student Work page shows the current status of students’ work for the assignment. 

If you create a copy of a Drive item for each student, it appears on the Student Work page when the student opens it. You can review any work in progress and give feedback, either by comments or edits. If you don’t see a copy or attachment under a student’s name, it means that the student hasn't opened the Drive item or attached a file, and there's nothing for you to review.

To search for a student, you can sort the list of students alphabetically by first or last name. This feature is only available in the desktop version of Classroom.

Grade and return an assignment to a student

Grade an assignment

  1. Sign in to Classroom with your Google Account.

    For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class and click the assignment.
  3. (Optional) The default point value is 100. To change it, click the point value. Enter another value or select Ungraded, and then click Update.

    Note: Only whole number grades are supported at this time. You can't enter a letter grade or a decimal point.

    Click the point value

  4. Next to the student's name, click Add grade, and enter the grade.
  5. (Optional) Enter grades for any additional students. The grades are automatically saved.

Note: To update students about new grades, you need to return the assignment to them. You can return assignments during another session. 

Return an assignment

  1. Sign in to Classroom with your G Suite for Education account, which looks like name@myschool.eduLearn more.

  2. Click the class and click the assignment.
  3. Check the box next to each student whose assignment you want to return and click Return.
  4. (Optional) Add a private comment to a student.
  5. Click Return again to confirm.
View student assignments
  1. Sign in to Classroom with your G Suite for Education account, which looks like name@myschool.eduLearn more.

  2. Click the class and click the assignment.
  3. On the Student Work page, you can review the following details:
    • Number of students who submitted work and the number who didn't.
    • A list of students who have and haven't submitted work.
    • Thumbnails (reduced-size versions) of work submitted by students.
  4. Click a student’s name to view their submission.
  5. (Optional) To view the history of a student’s grade changes and submissions, click See history.
  6. (Optional) To add a private comment, click the student's name on the left, click Add private comment, enter your comment, and click Post.
  7. (Optional) To add a comment to the class, click Instructions at the top, click Add class comment, enter your comment, and click Post.

Note: 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.

Change a grade

You can change a grade after it's returned to a student.

  1. Sign in to Classroom with your G Suite for Education account, which looks like name@myschool.eduLearn more.

  2. Click the class and click the assignment.
  3. Click the grade of the student whose grade you want to change.
  4. Enter a new number.

Note: The new grade is automatically saved. To update students about new grades, you need to return the assignment again.

Export grades to Sheets

Currently, you can only export assignment grades in the web version of Classroom.

Grades are exported from Classroom to Google Sheets or to a comma-separated values (CSV) file.

Export grades to Sheets

  1. Sign in to Classroom with your G Suite for Education account, which looks like name@myschool.eduLearn more.

  2. Click the class and click the assignment.
  3. Click Settings Settings and then Copy all grades to Google Sheets.

    The spreadsheet is created in your Classroom Drive folder.

Export grades to a CSV file

  1. Sign in to Classroom with your G Suite for Education account, which looks like name@myschool.eduLearn more.

  2. Click the class and click the assignment.
  3. Click Settings Settings and choose an option:
    • Download these grades as CSV.
    • To download all assignment and question grades, select Download all grades as CSV.
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