Frequently Asked Questions

Who are these Graiders anyway?

Graiders are undergraduate and graduate students who are aspiring teachers and are enrolled in or preparing to enroll in education programs, a.k.a., pre-service teachers.

Why are Graiders so important?

Graiders are trained and normed to provide effective feedback and reliable scoring. Their support unlocks the tremendous power of feedback to engage students, improve learning outcomes, and put data at educators’ fingertips like never before.

How does third-party feedback impact student learning?

Through The Graide Network, teachers are able to meaningfully drive student engagement by introducing an authentic, external voice into the writing and revision process. Knowing that a second set of eyes will be reviewing their work, students take assignments more seriously and produce higher quality work. Third-party feedback has been shown to increase student trust and acceptance of feedback, fostering meaningful dialogue and collaboration in the classroom. Students (and their parents) appreciate feedback from someone who is not biased, positively or negatively, by their academic reputation, augmenting feedback from their teacher who knows them well with a diverse perspective. Teachers appreciate the opportunity to be aligned with their students to interpret and learn from feedback. Added bonus: writing for a Graider is great practice for state testing, AP exams, and college essays and entrance exams.

What kind of assignments are relevant for The Graide Network?

Graiders can assist with any type of assignment, but they most often help with assignments with a writing component, which are time-intensive to evaluate and require human-powered feedback. Our most common assignments are essays, DBQs, and open-ended and extended response assessment questions.

What if my assignments aren’t digital?

Assignments that are already in digital form (e.g., Google Docs or Microsoft Word) are easiest to upload to our site, but teachers can also scan and upload hand-written assignments. Teachers who do this still realize significant time savings.

How does payment work?

For teachers, we offer packages of grading support that can be used any time during the school year at the teacher’s discretion. We can create custom packages and also offer roll-over of unused hours. School administrators can pay up front for their teachers’ memberships, or teachers can pay individually when posting their first assignment and utilize their school’s process for reimbursement. For assessments, pricing is on a per assessment basis typically ranging from $2-$4 per assessment depending on the number, length and type of exam.

Do Graiders work for The Graide Network?

No, they do not. Graiders are independent teaching assistants. The Graide Network provides the platform for teachers and Graiders to connect. We thoroughly vet and train all Graiders before accepting them to the network to ensure they are qualified and reliable.

Is there any in-person interaction?

No, all work and communication happens through our secure online web application.

Trust & Quality

How do I know that the Graiders are qualified?

The Graide Network is exclusive to top-performing undergraduate and graduate students (sub 20% acceptance rate) who are enrolled in colleges and universities across the U.S. and are pursuing a career in teaching. They are vetted and approved by The Graide Network through a rigorous application process, including a mock assignment. We evaluate relevant experience and coursework, academic performance, professionalism, and passion for the teaching profession. Most importantly, we evaluate grading and feedback skills to gauge mastery. But we don’t stop there. After Graiders are admitted into our Network, we continue to measure quality and consistency, evaluating performance on every assignment.

Are Graiders trained?

Yes, Graiders are required to complete training on grading and feedback best practices, including norming processes and giving specific, actionable feedback that is tied to learning outcomes. Our team actively works with Graiders throughout the semester to provide ongoing coaching and support.

How does my Graider know how I would like the assignment to be graded?

You provide instructions to Graiders for each assignment. You also attach a rubric or answer key that anchors the Graider's feedback and grading. A high quality rubric is critical to ensuring high quality feedback. You can easily communicate with your Graider regarding any questions or clarifications through our online messaging system.

What exactly am I getting back from my Graider?

Teachers receive detailed grading and feedback reports broken down into three sections: a) Individual Student Report: Each student receives their own, personalized performance report complete with component level scores and high-quality, narrative feedback; b) Class Summary Report: Teachers receive a comprehensive performance report for each class period. Graiders provide synthesized classwide trends and insights, which help inform future lesson planning and instruction. These reports also include thoughtful data visualization, so teachers can quickly assess individual and class performance; and c) Grades and Feedback Snapshot: With everything in one place, it’s easy for teachers to review, edit, and share feedback - with students, parents, and colleagues. Teachers leverage our detailed reports to more effectively differentiate instruction, personalize learning, and guide decision making. This data-driven, student-centered approach is the most effective way to engage and support every child.

How does The Graide Network protect the privacy of my students’ information?

We appreciate the sensitivity of student data issues for schools, parents/guardians, and students. We require Graiders to sign a confidentiality agreement that they may not re-disclose information shared with them with any third party or use the information shared for any purpose other than the agreed-upon work with the teacher who provided the information. We require teachers to obtain the proper approvals from an authorized school administrator before working with a Graider. Lastly, we as a company collect as little data as possible about students and will not use that data to advertise or market to students or their parents.

How It Works

How does the platform work?

Our platform allows teachers to quickly and easily create a profile, post an assignment, and be matched with a pre-service teacher in our Network who is qualified in the teacher’s grade level and subject matter.

When should I post an assignment?

We encourage you to post your assignment 1-2 days before actually collecting student work. This helps to ensure that a Graider who fits your needs is available and ready to help you.

How am I matched with the right Graider?

We request Graiders that best fit your class based on grade level and subject matter expertise. Graiders with high ratings, strong track records of experience, and fast response rates are prioritized. We work tirelessly to ensure your assignments are appropriately matched on time, but you can also send requests to Graiders yourself.

Do I work with the same Graider every time?

Not necessarily. Most teachers work with the same small group of Graiders over the course of the school year. You can request a different Graider each time or continue to work with the one you like—it’s up to you.

Can I rate and review my Graider on their work?

Yes! After each assignment, you rate your Graider on the quality of feedback, accuracy of grades, and professionalism. We also ask teachers to provide brief qualitative feedback to their Graiders. Graiders value your input because it directly impacts their development as teachers-in-training and it helps them be even more effective for your students in the future. The Graide Network team monitors ratings to ensure quality and consistency.

How can I communicate with my Graider?

We offer a secure, easy-to-use internal messaging system to keep the lines of communication open. In order to ensure quality work product and protect teachers, students, and Graiders, we do not allow teachers and Graiders to exchange personal contact information. There is no in-person interaction, and all communication occurs through the website.

What happens if I am not satisfied with a Graider’s work?

Our commitment is to provide the best possible support for teachers. We actively work with Graiders to ensure that their work product is of high quality. If you are not satisfied with your Graider’s work, you can choose to request a revision from that Graider or find a replacement Graider at no additional cost. This is our “Great Graider” guarantee and promise to you and your students.