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Effective
feedback.

It makes dollars
and sense. 

Why are school leaders funding The Graide Network for teachers?

To deeply engage students by increasing feedback in the classroom and multiply their most important resource - teacher capacity.

Read on to see how innovative schools leverage The Graide Network to achieve their strategic objectives:

Drive Student Engagement

When students receive bad feedback - or worse, no feedback at all - it is a huge source of disappointment. On the flip side, fast, high-quality feedback deeply engages and motivates students.

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. The accelerated turnaround time means students receive grades and feedback in days, not weeks - when the assignment is still top of mind and feedback can be implemented.

Plus, 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.

“The individual letters of feedback lead to silence in the room while students entered into a moment of introspection while reading the specific and actionable feedback from the Graider.”
— John Damaso, Brophy Prep
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“The most powerful single modification that enhances achievement is feedback. The simplest prescription for improving education must be dollops of feedback.”
— John Hattie, AUS Journal of Education

The Power of Feedback

Over the past decade, the body of academic research around feedback has gained significant traction and attention. Studies affirm that feedback is one of - if not the - leading impact on student learning and achievement.

Effective feedback has been shown to dramatically accelerate learner growth - equivalent to 8 additional months of in-class time per year. It has an immediate impact on results (test scores) and leads to lower failure rates, fewer suspensions, and better attendance.

Most significantly, the relationship between feedback and achievement has proven consistent regardless of race,  socioeconomic status, grade, or school setting. Failure to implement effective feedback practices undermines every other effort in curriculum, assessment, and teaching.

It's important to remember, however, that not all feedback is created equal. To be effective, feedback must be goal-oriented, specific, actionable, digestible, timely, ongoing, and consistent. This kind of personalized, robust feedback is a heavy lift for teachers. Graiders are trained to help lighten the load, delivering accurate, high-quality feedback that drives results. 

Expanding Teacher Capacity

Teachers are highly-skilled, creative professionals. Their time is scarce and valuable. Every principal knows that good teachers make the single greatest impact on student achievement and school culture. The Graide Network exists to upshift teachers' time, so their impact can be even greater.

Research shows that quality and timely feedback is critical to student growth, but the sheer hours required are overwhelming. Graiders provide rich, thorough, and timely feedback on student work, speeding the learning cycle and the teacher’s ability to digest and understand student progress. By saving teachers up to 88% of their grading hours per assignment, teachers can invest more time in the highest-impact activities that only they can do, such as designing and delivering innovative lessons plans, meeting one-on-one with students, collaborating with colleagues and parents, and taking on leadership roles at the school.

Quite simply, Graiders give teachers the capacity and student performance data they need to be most effective.

 
“The Graide Network ensures all student work is given normed, detailed consideration, and it allows our teachers to focus on what they’re best at: improving student outcomes.”
— Luke Brewers, ReGeneration Schools
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What advice can you give principals
about building teacher capacity?

Number one, you have to start with that being your primary focus, as a principal. I truly believe that. Obviously, the goal is better outcomes for students, but I think that teachers are the greatest lever to do that.

Teachers spend a lot of time with children, and you have to invest in their capacity and develop their capacity to move a school forward.
— Dr. Janice Jackson, Chief Education Officer, CPS. The Ed Couple podcast 11/24/16
“Decision-makers need to gain a better understanding of what good teaching is and how it leads to better learning. This is where [small data] become important….In education, these small clues are often hidden in the invisible fabric of schools. Understanding this fabric must become a priority for improving education.”
— Pasi Sahlberg, Harvard GSE

Insights from "Small Data"

Data is critical to improving education outcomes - but it's not big data that makes a difference for students. Starting with the No Child Left Behind Act and further driven by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), there are now mountains of data available and yet there has been no significant improvement in outcomes. Teachers, school leaders, and policy makers are taking note and increasingly turning to “small data”, or small clues that uncover huge trends. 

Each day, classrooms across the country produce an enormous variety of student work that is more dynamic and less formulaic than ever before, enabled by new mediums, a shift away from one-size-fits-all models, and rigorous standards which increasingly emphasize open response, critical thinking, and analysis. There is an urgent demand for schools to effectively use this small, student-specific data to respond to student learning needs. Analysis of classroom-level performance items has the power to meaningfully improve teaching and learning in a way that big data cannot. 

Teachers and school leaders utilize our detailed student performance reports to more effectively differentiate instruction, personalize learning, and guide decision making. With the support of a Graider, teachers are better equipped to meet individual student needs across a wide range of ability levels. This data-driven, student-centered approach is the most effective way to engage and support every child.

Other Key Benefits

Yes, there's more: 

  • What is the fastest way to build better writers? Get students writing and revising more! The Graide Network allows teachers to increase student work product without drowning in grading.
  • Teachers feel empowered and supported, helping to combat teacher burnout and retention issues which are financially and academically costly to your school.
  • Objective, third-party feedback helps teachers avoid the pitfalls of “autopilot grading” (always assigning A’s to A students, B’s to B students, etc.), “triage grading” (focusing the majority of time on students with the greatest needs, at the expense of higher performers); and implicit biases that are a reality for every teacher.
  • Students gain experience writing and performing for objective third parties, which better prepares them for state and national exams, AP exams, college essays, SAT/ACTs, and to perform at the collegiate level and beyond.
 

Why is feedback so important? 

We've compiled the body of research for you here: