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G Suite for Education’s improvements in grading, assessing, and feedback flow

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Teachers told Google they wanted to make grading easier so they could spend less time on rote grading tasks and more time helping their students; Google listened, releasing enhancements to their education suite.

Using rubrics helps teachers set expectations for students, now, teachers can create and grade rubrics in both Classroom and Course Kit through a beta.

Instructors enrolled in the beta program can create a rubric and attach it to an assignment, giving students full visibility into how their work will be evaluated. Instructors can then use rubrics while grading to select rating levels and give consistent and efficient feedback. Alongside comments in Google Docs, rubrics allow educators to provide personalised insights that go beyond an overall grade. Teachers can shape the future of this feature by enrolling in the beta program.

Better assessments with locked mode and question import in Google Forms
Educators can enable locked mode in Quizzes in Google Forms on managed Chromebooks. This mode prevents students from navigating away from their assessments until they submit their answers, which helps them focus during quizzes and encourages academic integrity. Thousands of educators used locked mode in beta, and now locked mode will be available to all G Suite for Education users on managed Chromebooks this August. Google has also worked with partners like Texthelp and Don Johnston to integrate accessibility features so that, even when taking a Quiz in locked mode, students can use these helpful extensions.

Educators often use questions from previous Forms they’ve created or Forms shared for editing by fellow educators. Google is adding a feature that lets teachers import questions they’ve previously used into new Forms. So instead of spending time on recreating assessments for students, teachers can spend time providing specific comments and feedback to those same students once assessments are completed. Forms will also get a fresh new design, consistent with the updated looks of other apps in G Suite, with more space at the top of your Form, and better ways to design the look and feel of your Form headers. 

Gradebook performance tracking
Teachers are using Gradebook to get a holistic view of student performance over time, so they can gain a deeper understanding of where students have mastered a subject or where they still need more opportunities to improve. Over the next few days, Gradebook will be rolling out to all Classroom users. Teachers will also be able to customise how grades are calculated in their classes (weighted average or total points-based), set up grade categories for assignments, and share an overall grade with students through a host of new class settings.

Google is also launching an early access beta program that allows educators to sync grades from Classroom to their school information system (SIS) of record. Once enabled by an admin, educators can visit gradebook to sync grades to their SIS, eliminating the need to enter grades in two different locations. Aside from helping educators avoid data errors, this beta program will allow educators to spend more time providing quality instruction, through more regular feedback to students about their grades – all without leaving Google Classroom. The early access beta program will be available to select schools later this summer, initially to customers of Infinite Campus and Capita SIMS, with more SIS integrations to follow. 


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