How to Grade Assignments in Google Classroom

By James T. Cains

With Google Classroom, gone are the days of students handing in papers and homework assignments. You, as the teacher, make your assignments in your class, with any additional materials, such as handouts or worksheets. Students complete the assignment and turn it back in — all electronically on Google Drive. After your students turn back in their assignments, you can even grade them online. Here’s how:

  1. Log in to your class and click the Stream tab, if it’s not already displayed. You can see the assignments you’ve made in the center column.

  2. In the Assignment box, you can see how many students have and haven’t completed the assignment. Click the number above Done. You see the list of students who have turned in the assignment.

  3. Click the name of the student to expand his or her assignment (see Figure 1).

  4. To view what the student turned in, click the document that is attached to the student’s assignment. The document opens in the appropriate Google app (for example, Google Docs).

  5. Make any comments you have inside the document.

You can style your comments differently to stand out from the student’s text. Just like in the old days when teachers used red pens to mark up a homework assignment, you can use red text to add comments. Or, better yet, you can use the Comment tool to provide feedback. Just highlight the text you’re commenting about and choose Insert→Comment. Type in your comment and click Comment. All of your comments are automatically saved in the document that the student turned in.

  1. Close the document to return to the student work page.

  2. To grade the assignment, click where it says No Grade.

  3. Type in the number of points earned, from 0 to 100. Letter grades aren’t accepted in this field.

  4. Check the box next to the student’s assignment.

  5. Click Return. Assignments need to be returned to the students before they are recorded.

  6. Classroom will ask you if you really want to return the assignment and if you want to provide any feedback. When finished, click Return Assignment.

The assignment displays as returned in the assignment list. The student receives an e-mail that you’ve returned the assignment and can edit the assignment and turn it back in, if necessary.

When you create worksheets for assignments, it’s best to use Google Drive’s apps, such as Google Docs, Sheets, and so on. This is because the Google apps are fully integrated with Classroom. If you use third-party applications, such as Microsoft Word, then you and your students need to download the files, re-upload the files, and reattach them to the assignment. Using Google apps eliminates all that extra work.

Figure 1: View your student’s assignment.

Figure 1: View your student’s assignment.

Source: google.com