As students begin working on assignments in Google Classroom, you can view their progress and add comments or make edits. When they have submitted the assignment, you can grade and return it to the student. After the08PaigePickering assignment has been returned, students will be notified by email (if your school has email setup for students) or will receive a message the next time that they login to Google Classroom.

At this point they can still edit any files on Google Drive that were part of the assignment. Any comments made by students are viewable in either the class stream or on the assignent instruction page.

Student Work page

To view student's work, sign in to Classroom at, click , select Work and then select the assignment that you want to grade.

This then creates a page as follows with Instructions and Student Work at the top tab.

The Student Work page above shows the current status of students’ work for the assignment. The screen you can see above shows a Maths worksheet that I gave my year 5 class using Google Forms based on rounding numbers. (I created a form for the children to fill in, attached it to the assignment and the results were automatically added to a spreadsheet and marked for me.)

If you create a copy of a Drive item (e.g. Docs, Sheets, Slides) 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, before the work is submitted for a grade. 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.

As an example to show how you can edit the work as part of the process of giving feedback, here is a document that a student has worked on.

Their learning objective was to correctly punctuate a piece of work. As you can see, I've annotated the work in the document using the comment tool and I've also marked it using the school's tickled pink and green for growth marking policy.

To search for a student, you can sort the list of students alphabetically by first or last name.

View student assignments

On the Student Work page, you can review the following details:

  • Number of students who submitted work and the number who didn't.
  • Done—list of students who submitted their work.
  • Not Done—list of students who haven’t submitted work.
  • Thumbnails (reduced-size versions) of work submitted by students.

To view a pupil's submission, just click the document.

To add a private comment, click the student's name on the left, click Add private comment, enter your comment, and click Post. To add a comment to the class, click Instructions at the top, click Add class comment, enter your comment, and click Post.

Grade and return an assignment to a student

To grade an assignment:

To grade the assignment, click Add grade next to the student’s name, and enter the grade. It is worth noting that the grades you enter are automatically saved. To update the student about the new grade, you must return the assignment to the student. You can choose to finish grading and return the assignments to the students during another session. However, private comments entered during grading will not be saved unless you return the assignment to the students.

The default point value for each assignment is 100. To change it, click the point value and input another value, or select Ungraded, and click Update.

To return an assignment:

Check the box next to each student whose assignment you want to return and click Return. You can also optionally add a private comment to a student, if needed. Click Return again to confirm.

Change a grade

You can change the grade on an assignment after it's returned to a student. To do this, go through the same process as above. When you've changed the grade, check the box next to each student whose assignment you want to return and click Return.

Export grades

To view the grades for all students in the class at a glance, you can export the grades from Classroom to Google Sheets or to a comma-separated values (CSV) file.


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