How Can Teachers Use Google Classroom Grading?

Google Classroom is one of the most efficient pieces of software that has played a pivotal role in increasing the accessibility of online education. It serves so many purposes that it could easily be considered a complete online educational tool in itself. Case in point the grading system available in this software makes it easier for teachers to manage their classes. So, as an existing or aspiring online educator, it will be helpful if you learn more about Google classroom grading and how to set it up, as it will streamline your entire process, saving you time and effort.

How to set up Auto Grading in Google Classroom?

If you want to set up Google classroom grading, then you have two options to choose from:

(a) Grading through a total points system  

(b) Weighted by category system

In both systems, grades will be automatically calculated. You can also allow the students to check their overall class grades. Don’t want the grading system? You can choose No overall grade.

How to grade and return assignments in Google Classroom

If you are using Google Classroom and you are still figuring out how to give a numerical grade to the student, then allow us to help you out. If you don’t want to give grades numerically, or you don’t want to give any feedback at all, then you can do that also. You can also download grades for a single assignment or for all the assignments collectively for a class.

You can return the students’ assignments after grading in three ways - 

  • Through the student work page
  • Via the classroom grading tool
  • Using the grades page

How to view students’ assignments, and how to add comments when grading in google classroom?

Before you view the assignment of a student, you can see whether the student has submitted their assignments or not. The following steps will help you to do that:

  1. Go to the URL, and then click on the class.
  2. At the top of the page, you will see Classwork. Click on Classwork, and then click on the assignment and then click on View assignment
  3. When you see the Student work page, you can see the number of students and the names of students that are categorized by the assignment status. There are 4 statuses overall:
    1. Assigned—assignments that are given to the students. This could include missing work or even work that has not been submitted.
    2. Turned in—Assignment that students have completed and submitted online.
    3. Graded—The graded assignment sheets that you have returned to the students.
    4. Returned— These returned assignments do not have any grades.
  4. You can click on any of these categories to see a student’s submitted assignment by clicking against the students’ names which appear on the left side of the screen.
  5. You can add feedback by opening the student work.
  6. Select the content or file that you want to comment on.
  7. Then click on Add a comment and enter your comment and then click on comment.

How does the Google Classroom grading system work, and how to make it easier?

As specified previously, the Classroom grading tool will enable you to assign grades to the students.

Now, when you enter the grading tool interface, the default maximum score is 100. This can be edited and assigned a value that is greater than zero at any time. However, the edit will take effect only when you have changed the maximum score/denominator value. If you have returned any assignment prior to making the changes in the denominators, then you will be unable to change their maximum score. They will retain their original scores. 

When you open a student’s assignment in the grading tool, click on grading and under the grade, enter the grade you want to enter.

After entering the grades, Google Classroom synchronizes the scores on the grading tool, the grades page, and the student’s assignment page. But there might be students who have not submitted the assignment. Then there must be those students whose work has been submitted. Also, there must be students whose assignments have been checked and returned. How do you differentiate between the three?

Now, to make this process easier, color coding is performed on these assignments. The Red color signifies the missing work; the Green one shows the assignments that have been submitted for evaluation. Black signifies the assignments that have been returned. So, it is easier to make the distinction between the three categories on the basis of the colors. 

How to control your Google Classroom better and safely?

Now, you clearly know how to set up and use the Google Classroom grading system. Even though it seems to be a cumbersome process, with time, you will master it. 

Nevertheless, there are times when online class is disrupted by students. You can control their online behavior without isolating them with the help of Safe Doc which is a Google Chrome Extension. It smooths the way for schools to manage Google Workspace for Education features that Google Admin Console doesn't provide. Safe Doc protects students from inappropriate content and prevents your students from misusing certain features to disrupt classrooms.

It helps to cancel some of the options from Google Classroom, like removing certain obscene emojis, and removes the search the web option and explore options from the menu. This way, it makes the class safe and extremely undisruptive and brings the entire online class under your control. 


To sum up, hopefully, this write-up has presented you with an overview of the grading system in Google Classroom. So, going forward with this Google Classroom grading system, you can manage your classes, monitor your student's progress, and help them attain success.