Add an Assignment

Add an assignment to a single class or multiple classes. 

On this page:

Add an Assignment using Create

  1. Choose a class from the class selector.
  2. Select Create in the upper right corner to add an assignment.
    Select the Create icon to create an assignment.
  3. Choose/enter assignment information.


The Common area can include detailed information about the assignment that may be shared with administrators, parents, and students. Enter the description of the assignment using plain text, HTML, or a combination of both. You can also copy content from a Microsoft Word document and paste it into this field. Use the editing bar to style the description.

Select Description/Attachments, then select Attach Files to add any number of documents to an assignment, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel files, pictures, and videos; the pictures and videos will appear in a visual format. The maximum file size for an attachment is 100 MB.

The common area contains a description of the assignment and any attachments that should accompany the assignment.

Attaching Microsoft and Google Files

Microsoft files and Google Drive files can be added to an assignment as a Handout. Choosing to create a handout generates a copy of the file that the student can edit. When the student opens the file, a copy is automatically created that has the student's name at the end of the file title.

Note. The option to View allows students to see the document.

Once a single student has created a handout for the assignment, the file cannot be removed or changed to View, in an effort to prevent data loss.

  • Sign in using your Google account to upload files from Google Drive.
  • Sign in using your Microsoft account to upload files from Microsoft OneDrive. 
  • Microsoft files (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx) can be uploaded from from any location.
  1. Select Attach File, then choose a file from either Microsoft OneDrive or from your Google Drive.
    • Microsoft files added to assignments are stored in Unified Classroom. A copy is generated that may be edited within Unified Classroom.
    • Files selected from your Google Drive can be viewed and edited directly within Unified Classroom. Changes made to a Google Drive file in Unified Classroom, makes changes to the live files stored in your Google Drive.

  2. Select Handout from the drop-down menu. 
    Note: The Handout option is not available if you are attempting to add a Google Drive file and you are not a Google tenant user, or you are not the owner of the file.
    You can choose to add an attachment for students to view, or to add an attachment as a handout that students can download and complete.

For more information about working with Handouts, view the Handouts Workflow.

You can create categories, or use the Gradebook Category provided by the district. Note that the category you select will populate other fields on the page with the default values associated to the category, including the Score Type, Score entry points, extra points, and more.

For the Student Work Type, create an assignment to be graded in the Grading pages. You can also create an online assessment, an online read along assessment, an offline assessment, or a key type assessment.

Submit Student Online Work is enabled by default after choosing to add a file as a Handout. Submit Student Online Work allows students to submit any aspect of the assignment electronically, such as photos, a worksheet, or other artifacts associated to the assignment. If a file has been added as a Handout, you cannot edit the assignment to remove this enable option.


In the Scheduling area, select the calendar icon to choose a due date for the assignment. If you select multiple classes or students for the assignment, you can set different due dates.

To assign a specific time for the assignment to be due on the chosen date, select Specific Time, then enter the desired time. Entering a time does not prevent students from submitting assignments are marking assignments as done past that time. 

You can also select when the assignment is visible to students and parents.


In the Class/Students area, you can create one assignment at a time as you progress through the term, or you can set up assignments for the entire term before the term starts. Creating assignments before entering scores does not skew how grades are calculated. The final grade that appears next to a student’s name on the Scoresheet page reflects only the assignments that you have already scored.

Select the checkbox next to a class to apply the assignment to all students in the class. You can also add the assignment for a selected group of students in this class, or for multiple classes.

Special Programs users can now see Special Programs alert information while creating assignments in Unified Classroom. This information helps teachers plan assignments and account for accommodations.

Click the alert count to view the list of students for each alert type.

Click the ellipsis, then select from the drop-down menu to choose whether to view the associated document in Unified Classroom or in Special Programs.  Your selection opens in a new tab so you do not lose your place while creating an assignment.

The list of alerts indicates that Lillian Lopez has two alerts, one for Special Education and the other for a 504 Accommodation. The ellipsis has been selected, revealing the options to view related Special Programs documents in Unified Classroom or in Special Programs.

Note: Documents can be viewed using the Immersive Reader.


In the Scoring area you can select the scoring method for the assignment. 

For the Score Type, the fields change based on your selection. Select additional assignment criteria using the checkboxes provided. 

To include the assignment in final grade calculations, verify that Count in Final Grade is selected.

To allow students and parents to view scores on the Unified Classroom Dashboard, verify that Publish Scores is selected. Editing the assignment to prevent scores from being published allows the assignment to be viewed, but ensures scores remain hidden.

In the Rubric/Standards/Criteria Area, click the pencil icon to select rubrics or standards to score with this assignment. Click Other Criteria to select other criteria, or create your own criteria for the assignment. Use the arrows icon to re-order the selected scoring criteria.

Select the Score Calculation Method to determine the default calculation method for the assignment.

Note: If you are creating an assessment assignment, the assignment standards will auto-fill if the course for which the assignment is being created is mapped to the same SIS standards as those attached to the items on the assessment. You can select from the list of assignment standards to indicate the standards grades you wish to have written back to the SIS.

Save, Delete, Go to Scoring

Use the buttons across the bottom of the page to continue working with this assignment, copy this assignment, or delete it.

Buttons across the bottom of the screen give you the option to Delete, to navigate to Scoring, to Save and Duplicate, Save, or Save and Close.

Note: If you receive a message stating, "You do not have permission to assign the selected assessment. Please contact your Assessment Administrator for more information," the assessment being assigned has been secured or retired.

Edit an Assignment

To edit an existing assignment, hover over an assignment in the Assignment/Activities List, then select Edit.

Note: When attempting to edit an assignment that includes handouts, if a student in a class has created a handout, then you cannot remove that class from the assignment.

Add an Assessment Assignment from an Assignment Template

When an assignment template has been created for your courses or sections, an alert appears on the notification bell on the Unified Classroom dashboard.

  1. Click the notification bell to view all available assignment templates.
  2. Click Assign.
    An Assign button appears beside an assignment template that has been created for one of your courses or sections.
  3. Create an Online, Online Read Along, or Offline assessment assignment.
    Note: Some fields and selections cannot be changed based on selections made when the administrator created the assignment template