25 Time-Saving Grading Apps To Make Teachers’ Lives Easier


It’s just about that time of year when the pile of grading gets out of control. Teachers have a few options with how to handle this pile: toss it and pretend it doesn’t exist, spend hours upon hours grading it by hand, OR use the latest grading apps to help speed up the process. Grading apps allow teachers to save time while looking over student work. Apps can help teachers grade papers, design a grade book, and share grades with co-teachers and families!  

Here are 25 apps and online tools to assist in grading!

1. Canvas Teacher

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Canvas is for teachers on the go! It features opportunities to grade, communicate, and update students on their assignments. Teachers can easily see which students have handed in assignments or are missing assignments. Easily give feedback right through your phone! The best part? It’s all free!

2. Easy Grade

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Easy Grade assists in grading papers and tests on iOS. You can customize how to grade a test by changing point values. You can also round scores with a click of a button. This app is supported on an iPad as well! It’s free to download with a few in-app purchases to enhance the experience.

3. QuickGrader

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This totally free grading option is fully customizable featuring half point values, adjustable grade scales, and decimal values, plus/minus grading, and is super user-friendly!

4. Groovy Grader

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Groovy Grader is a free, digital slide grader! It will replace your paper grading calculator.

5. Grades – Grade Calculator

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Do you ever have a student ask you what grade they need to receive on a future exam in order to raise their final grade for the class? This app will calculate what a student needs to get on the next test to hit target grades and GPA. It’s a free companion for both teachers and students!

6. Easy Grade

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Easy Grade will show you your students’ grades rounded to different places as well as an option to order the grades by questions missed or correct. The app is free with an option to upgrade to the Plus version for $2.99

7. Gradework Pro

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The app comes with features like automatic grade calculation, attendance tracking, and student performance summaries that can be emailed out to families. There is a one-time fee of $19.99, but the app is ad-free and this price includes everything within the app (no in-app purchases).

8. Grade Grid

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Grade Grid can convert number grades to letter grades for free! The grading scale is customizable depending on the assignment.

9. GradeMe

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Yet another free digital EZ grader! This one has great reviews!

10. Showbie

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Grade up to 10 student assignments at once with the free version of Showbie! Showbie also contains a digital grade book.

11. Viper

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Viper will scan your students’ work and detect plagiarism. There is a small price associated with the app, but districts or institutions can purchase a plan through Viper to ease this burden.

12. ZipGrade

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ZipGrade will grade multiple-choice tests in just minutes! You just have to scan the test with your phone. It is free to download with a few in-app purchase options!

13. BookWidgets

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BookWidgets allows teachers to make assignments that students complete and return via the app to be automatically graded. Teachers can follow student activity live and provide feedback after assignments are turned in. There is a small fee of $9 monthly, but if multiple teachers want to use it, there is a big discount available!

14. Flubaroo

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THIS IS A MUST! Flubaroo is a FREE add-on to Google Forms/Sheets that lets you quickly grade and analyze student performance on various assignments. With Flubaroo, you will be able to quickly identify students in need, view average scores, analyze questions most missed, share scores with students via email or Google Drive, and so much more!

15. Formative

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Formative allows teachers to assign tasks and watch students complete them in real-time from their own device.

16. QuickKey

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This freebie allows teachers to grade assignments without WiFi! You can also push out quizzes to students directly if they have devices. Bonus: QuickKey syncs with Google Classroom and exports grades into a grade book!

17. WISE

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Scan tests with WISE and your assessments will be automatically graded. You can also give feedback to students through this free app.

18. Thinkwave

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Thinkwave is a free online gradebook to input student data on! Students can even directly upload homework to the app for grading.

19. JumpRope

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JumpRope is a free app that is used for standards based grading only. If your district uses standards based grading, this one is for you!

20. Schoology

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Not only can you store grades in Schoology, but you can also give video feedback! There is so much to say about this app that you really just NEED to check out their website ASAP!

21. Edmodo

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Edmodo enables teachers to grade in an innovative way, through online discussions, polls, games, and more! It’s more than just a free grading app. 

22. Alma

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The draw to Alma is the lesson planning features in addition to the grading aspects – AND that it’s FREE. 

23. Gradebook Wizard

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Educators use Gradebook Wizard to give instructions on assignments, grade tasks, and handout information to both students and parents. 

24. Planbook

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This app is SUPER popular amongst teachers. For a very small annual fee, you can create plans online that can be shared with co-teachers. The grading portion of it is really just a bonus!

25. Teacherease

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Using either traditional or standards-based grading, teachers can communicate with students and provide feedback on assignments. You can also tell parents about a student’s progress via the app. There is a fee associated with Teacherease, but many districts get discounts. 

You can’t go wrong with any of these choices because they will ALL make your life easier when it comes to grading! Which one will you try first??

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Jenna is a 5th grade teacher in Upstate New York! She loves to cook, dance, and dance while cooking! When she's not taking care of her succulent babies, Jenna can be found grading a stack of papers with one hand and holding a chilled glass of white wine in the other.

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