Grading Assignments In Google Classroom App

Google Classroom allows you to assign work and collect it. What Google Classroom does not have (thankfully) is a gradebook. This allows you to use Google Classroom with whatever gradebook system you have. Research shows that students value high-quality feedback over simply receiving a score or letter grade. Google Classroom makes it easy to quickly provide students feedback either directly on their document by inserting comments or by leaving a comment in the grading list.


For the assignment you are going to assign grades to, locate the assignment in the stream. Clicking on the assignment title will show you the list of all students enrolled in the class.


Alternatively, you can click on the number of students who are “Done” with the assignment. This will filter the list of students to the ones who have turned in the assignment.


Google Classroom defaults to 100 points for an assignment. Above the list of student names is the point value for the assignment. A drop-down menu allows you to change the points possible to 1, 20, 50, 100 or mark as “Ungraded.” Click on the point values allows you to type over the default value and insert a custom value. At this time, decimal values are not possible.

Enter student points earned by clicking on the slot in each students row. Pressing enter does not go to the next student. Use your mouse to select the next student and type their grade.

Not a Gradebook

While Google Classroom allows you to enter scores for each assignment, there is not a grid where all of the assignments and points show up.

Export Points

You can export the points you enter in Google Classroom and upload them to your gradebook. Within the grading list, click on “Download” to create a CSV file that can be uploaded to your gradebook.

View Student Work

In the grading list, each student is listed along with the work they have submitted. Click on the submitted attachment to open the document. Comments added in the grading list are private between the teacher and student. Students can privately comment back to the teacher.

 View All Student Work

Student attachments are automatically saved in a folder in Google Drive. Above the list of student names is a button to link to the folder in Google Classroom that has that assignments student work. Student work is appended with their name to make it easy to identify their work in Google Drive. You can click on individual student assignments or use preview mode in Google Drive to view multiple students quickly.


When students submit an attachment to an assignment the teacher becomes the owner of the document and the student loses editing rights. Returning work to students allows them to have editing rights. Check the checkbox next to each student you wish to return work to. This is done automatically if you insert a score for a student. Click the blue return button to return the work.

Assignment List

Instead of locating the assignment in the stream you can start by click on the Classroom main menu icon in the upper left hand corner. This is 3 lines stacked. From the menu, choose “Assignments” which is listed second under “Home.”


The assignment list shows all of the assignments. In the same way as if the assignments were listed in the stream you can click on the assignment title to view a list of all students or click on the number done to only view a list of students who have submitted the assignment. If you have graded or provided feedback to students you can click on the 3 stacked dots on the right-hand side of each assignment. This will reveal the option to “Mark as reviewed.” Marking as reviewed removes the assignment from the assignment list and moves it to the “Reviewed” tab.

Side by Side Grading

The trick to assessing student work in Google Classroom and entering scores in the gradebook is side by side windows. I created a Chrome extension “Gradebook Split.” This allows you to enter the URL of your web-based gradebook into the settings. See my previous blog post for directions.

Enter Google Classroom into Settings

Instead of entering the URL of your gradebook into the settings you can set the assignments page of Google Classroom. While viewing the assignments listing page, copy the URL. ( Right click on the Gradebook Split Chrome extension and choose “Options.”

Paste the URL to the assignments page for Google Classroom into the “Gradebook URL:” box. Click Save.

Clicking on the Gradebook Split icon will now open you up to the assignments page to make it quick to start giving students feedback.

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By Lynn Erickson

We all know that time is of the essence in the teaching world. In many instances, we spend quite a bit of our time grading student work. With many online tools at our fingertips, grading student work doesn’t have to be as time consuming as it was in the past. Below are some ways you can save time grading with the G Suite for Education.

More:10 Thoughts Every Teacher Has While Grading

Shared Docs for Writing Assignments

Use a shared Google Doc for student writing assignments to provide quick feedback and help guide them during the process. Open the Comments thread and add feedback without making changes in their actual document. In Google Classroom, you can go into unfinished student docs and provide feedback much like you would on a rough draft.

Form Template Check List

In Google Forms, create a Google Form Template with student names along with a check list of skills, homework points, etc. Carry a device with the form pulled up as you walk around the room taking grading notes.

Assess Discussion Online

In Google Classroom, you can now create exit tickets and bell ringer activities using the new question-driven discussion feature. Post a question here so students can add their replies. You choose whether students can see each other’s replies or not; either way, grading discussion participation becomes much easier.

More:13 Online Gradebook Apps to Make Grading Easier

Export Google Classroom Grades into Google Sheets

In Google Classroom, you can export grades to a .csv file or into Google Sheets. The Sheets template provides a class average along with an average per student. Additionally in Google Classroom, you can use the up and down arrows to move directly from one grading box to another, which allows for fast grading from student to student.

Set Shorthand for Fast Grading

Use symbols or abbreviations when grading your students’ papers. When set correctly, docs will change them to whatever you set in the preferences. For example if I type “wc” Google Docs will insert the following: [note: poor word choice, or no such word].

Pair Comments With YouTube Link to Explain Concepts

Eliminate the need for long explanations by providing students with a video tutorial of a concept they didn’t quite grasp while grading. Simply pair your comment with a link to a Youtube, Khan Academy, WatchKnowLearn, or other educational video. This will provide students with another resource to improve their work while also helping them fill in knowledge gaps.

Streamline Class Wide Grading With Doctopus

Use the Doctopus Add-On in Google Sheets. Doctopus is a teacher-built tool that allows for managing, organizing, and assessing student projects in Google Drive. With Doctopus, you begin with a starter template that can be mass copied and shared. Use the same template to monitor student progress and manage grading as well.

More:100+ GAFE Tips for Every Teacher

Auto-Score With Goobric Rubric

Pair Goobric with Doctopus for a powerful grading combination. Goobric is a Chrome Extension that allows teachers to automatically score student work with a rubric. Pair it with Doctopus so that every time a rubric is filled out, the information is automatically passed back to the Doctopus spreadsheet.

Auto-Score Multiple Choice With Flubaroo

Grade multiple choice or fill-in-the blank assessments with Flubaroo. In Google Forms, create your assessment or assignment. Add questions for your assessment and be sure to include a question that allows you to identify the student. After the assessment is complete, open the form as a student would and complete the assessment to create the answer key.

When students have finished, open the spreadsheet that gathered their data and use the Flubaroo add-on to grade each student. Flubaroo can compute average scores per question and flag low-scoring questions. It also provides the option to email each student their grade along with an answer key.

Use Google-Integrated Assessment Tools

Use other assessment tools that import Google Classroom rosters into it. EdPuzzle is a site that teachers can use with video sites such as You Tube, Khan Academy, and many others. With it, you select a video and customize it by editing, cropping, recording audio, and adding questions to make an engaging presentation or lesson.

With a few clicks you can assign the video to specific classes, decide if you want to allow students to skip questions, and set a due date. Students join with a class code to complete their assignment. Student progression of work can be checked through the site. You can see whether or not students have watched the video, their grade, and whether you have open response questions to mark as correct or incorrect.

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