Grade, return, and reassign assignments

Managing and grading class assignments is more efficient than ever with Microsoft Teams! Add grades and feedback directly into assignments so that you and your students are on the same page. Request revisions on students' work when you return it with feedback. And if a student experiences technical difficulties when submitting their work, act on their behalf to submit for them!

Need to put grading on pause to take care of other tasks? No problem. Comments and feedback on assignments are saved as you go, and you can quickly return to them even if you close the tab, grade other assignments, or go to another page in Teams.

Learn more about grading, returning, and reassigning assignments below!

In this article:

View ungraded assignments

Grade and return multiple assignments at once

Grade and return assignments one-by-one

Grade a group assignment

Return an assignment for revision

Take action on behalf of a student / Turn in on behalf of a student

Related topic: Grade an assignment with a rubric

View ungraded assignments

  1. Navigate to the class and select Assignments

    Tip: Search for any assignment by keyword in the search bar. 

  2. Assignments with work left to grade are automatically sorted to the top of your list. Open one to start grading.

  3. Assignments are sorted by To return and Returned tabs.

    List of students assignments to review, grade, and return.  

Grade and return multiple assignments at once

  1. Navigate to a student's name in your To return list.

    Tip: Select the arrow to sort students in ascending or descending alphabetical order.

  2. Check the Status column if students turned in a document with this assignment. You'll also see if their work is late, not turned in, or returned for revision.

  3. Select the Feedback icon to the right of the student's status to open a Feedback box for that student. There you can add quick comments. Your comments will be saved even if you go to another page in Teams, close the tab, or start grading assignments one-by-one.A screenshot of a list of students in a class Team assignment with the quick feedback textbox open.

    Note: If you want to attach files as feedback, you will need to grade and return assignments one-by-one. You can also take action or turn in on behalf of a student.

  4. Add points in the box to the right of the Feedback textbox if you designated points for this assignment.

  5. Select Return or Return Return for revision at the top of the page to return graded assignments to all students whose checkboxes are checked. When you add feedback or a grade to a student's assignment, the checkbox next to their name is automatically checked. You can uncheck those checkboxes if you don't want to return a student's assignment yet.

    Note: The students you selected will receive a notification that their assignment has been returned. Their name will now show up in the Returned list. Their assignment status in the Grades tab will update, too.

    Return button with Return and Return for revision displayed

Grade and return assignments one-by-one

View student work in full-screen mode and easily move from student to student without leaving your review pane.

Tip: Select Expand tab (icon with two arrows) to view students' work in full-screen. 

  1. Select a student's status in the Status column to open their work.

    Student's assignment status selected to open their work.Select a document to edit in full screen mode.

  2. View work and add comments on the document itself, where relevant. If the student submitted more than one file, you can select other files on the right to view.

    Note: Not able to view a file in Teams? You may need to open files made in third-party apps separately. Older Office files with .doc, .xls, and .ppt file extensions must be edited in the desktop versions of those apps.

  3. Add feedback by typing in the Feedback textbox. Attach a file by selecting Attach file or + New

  4. If you designated points for this assignment, add points in the box below the Feedback textbox.

  5. If you're ready to return work to the student, select Return, or select Return > Return for revision.

  6. Use the arrows on either side of the student's name on the right to navigate from student to student.

    Note: For a more focused workspace, hide the grading pane by selecting Hide pane in the lower right corner of the grading pane. You'll still be able to use arrows to navigate to other students' work and return the work by selecting Return

  7. Select Close to return to the full student list for this assignment.
     

Grade a group assignment 

If you've created group assignments, give a group grade or give individual grades to members of the group.

After you've opened the assignment, you'll notice each group and its members in your To return tab.

List of group assignments to return in assignment grading view

Grade and return multiple group assignments at once

  1. Navigate to a group in your To return list.

    Tip: Select the arrow to sort groups in ascending or descending alphabetical order.

  2. Check the Status column if groups turned in a document with this assignment. You'll also see if their work is late, not turned in, or returned for revision.

  3. Select the Feedback icon  Add comment icon open a Feedback box for that group, then add comments. Your comments will be saved even if you go to another page in Teams, close the tab, or start grading assignments one-by-one.

    Note: If you want to attach files as feedback, you will need to grade and return assignments one-by-one. You can also take action or turn in on behalf of a student.

  4. Add points in the box to the right of the Feedback textbox if you designated points for this assignment.

    Note: If you'd like to give group members individual grades instead, select More options  More options button in the group's row, then Grade students individually.

  5. Select Return or Return Return for revision at the top of the page to return graded assignments to all groups whose checkboxes are checked. When you add feedback or a grade to a group's assignment, the checkbox next to their name is automatically checked. You can uncheck those checkboxes if you don't want to return a group's assignment yet.

    Note: The students in the groups you selected will receive a notification that their assignment has been returned. Their name will now show up in the Returned list. Their assignment status in the Grades tab will update, too.

    Return button with Return and Return for revision displayed

Grade and return group assignments one-by-one

  1. Select a group's status in the Status column to open their work.

  2. View work and add comments on the document itself, where relevant. If the group submitted more than one file, you can select other files on the right to view.

    Note: Not able to view a file in Teams? You may need to open files made in third-party apps separately. Older Office files with .doc, .xls, and .ppt file extensions must be edited in the desktop version of those apps.

  3. Add feedback by typing in the Feedback textbox or attaching a file by selecting Attach file  or + New

    Note: If you'd like to give group members individual grades instead, select Grade students individually.
    Option to grade students individually

  4. Add points in the box to below the Feedback textbox if you designated points for this assignment.

  5. If you're ready to return work to the group, select Return, or you can select Return > Return for revision.

  6. Use the arrows on either side of the group's name on the right to navigate from group to group.

    Note: For a more focused workspace, you can hide the grading pane by selecting Hide pane in the lower right corner of the grading pane. Even when the pane is hidden, you can still use arrows to navigate to other group work and return the work using the Return arrow button. 

  7. Select Close to return to the full group list for this assignment.

Return an assignment for revision

If you'd like to request a revision from a student before giving a final grade:

  1. Follow the instructions above for returning an assignment to multiple students or one-by-one.

  2. Select the dropdown arrow next to Return, then select Return for revision.

    Return button with Return and Return for revision displayed

    The student's assignment will be in your Returned list and their status will update to Needs revision. The student will also receive a notification of your revision request and will be able to turn in their assignment again after making edits.

    Tips: 

    • Update how long you'll accept turn-ins at any time by selecting the assignment, then selecting More options > Edit assignment. Select Edit underneath the due date and time, then make your adjustments in the assignment timeline.

    • Edit assignment timeline window.

Take action on behalf of a student

Educators can view assignments as a specific student, upload files for them, and turn in assignments on their behalf. 

  1. Select a student's status in the Status column to open their work (select an assignment that is Not turned in).

    Note: You can take action on behalf of a student for both upcoming and past due assignments.

  2. Under Student work, where all the student's files are listed, select Take action in student view.


    Screenshot of Teams for Education. There is an assignment open from a student who hasn't turn it in yet.

  3. The top banner indicates which student you are viewing the assignment as. Upload files by selecting Attach or turn in the file by selecting Turn in.

    Notes: 

    • When uploading documents, you can only upload from your OneDrive, not the student's OneDrive.

    • You cannot upload Class Notebook, Make Code, or Reading Progress content but you can turn in the assignment if the content is already added by the student.

Learn more

Create an assignment

Track student progress in the Grades tab

Grading rubrics in Teams

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