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Grade and return an assignment

This page is for teachers. Students go here.

You can see the the current status of students’ work on the Student Work page.

If you make a copy of a Google Drive item for each student, you’ll see it on the Student Work page when the student opens it. You can review work in progress and add comments to the item. If a student doesn’t open the item, there’s nothing for you to review.

Note: In the desktop version of Classroom, you can sort the list of students alphabetically by first or last name.

View student assignments
  1. Sign in to Classroom with your Google Account.

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

  2. Click the class and then click the assignment.
  3. On the Student Work page, you can review the following details:
    • Done—The number and names of students who submitted work.
    • Not done—The number and names of students who haven't submitted work.
    • Returned—The number and names of the students you’ve returned work to.
    • (Optional) Click Done, Not done, or Returned to see the students for that category.

    Note: If a student unsubmits work, the work is marked as Not done.

  4. Click a student’s name to view their submission.
  5. (Optional) To add a private comment, on the left, click the student's name and then Add private comment. Enter your comment and click Post.
  6. (Optional) To add a comment to the class, click Instructions and then Add class comment. Enter your comment and click Post.
Grade and return an assignment to a student

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. 

Students can’t edit any files attached to an assignment that’s turned in until it's returned.

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 then click the assignment.
  3. Click the thumbnail to open and review any file the student attached.
  4. (Optional) The default point value is 100. To change it, click the point value. Enter another value or select Ungraded and then 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

  5. Next to the student's name, click Add grade and enter the grade.
  6. (Optional) To add a private comment, on the left, click the student's name and then Add private comment. Enter your comment and click Post.
  7. (Optional) Enter grades for any additional students.

Note: 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. Sign in to Classroom with your Google Account.

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

  2. Click the class and then click the assignment.
  3. Check the box next to each student whose assignment you want to return and click Return.
  4. (Optional) To add a private comment, on the left, click the student's name and then Add private comment. Enter your comment and click Post.
  5. Click 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. Sign in to Classroom with your Google Account.

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

  2. Click the class and then click the assignment.
  3. Click the grade you want to change.
  4. Enter a new number.
  5. (Optional) To add a private comment, on the left, click the student's name and then Add private comment. Enter your comment and click Post.

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

View grade history
  1. Sign in to Classroom with your Google Account.

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

  2. Click the class and then click the assignment.
  3. Click the student's name and then See history.
Export grades to sheets

You can export grades from Classroom to Google Sheets or to a comma-separated values (CSV) file to see grades for all students in the class at once.

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

Export grades to Sheets

  1. Sign in to Classroom with your Google Account.

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

  2. Click the class and then 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 Google Account.

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

  2. Click the class and then 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.

      The file is saved in your Downloads folder.

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