The Graide Network supports schools, districts, charter networks, and nonprofits on a wide range of large-scale grading and feedback projects. From interim assessments and benchmark exams to senior thesis papers and grant-funded writing programs, we serve as a valuable programmatic partner to empower teachers and administrators, foster data-driven instruction and data-based decision making, and accelerate student learning and achievement.
We deliver quick turn-around times for grading and feedback on even the most complex projects and assessments to support students, teachers, and school leaders at scale.
Here are some of the ways schools are leveraging The Graide Network for large-scale grading and feedback projects:
Interim Assessments and Test Prep
We work with schools and districts to score K-12 interim assessments. These assessments are increasingly emphasizing extended writing, open-ended response, and critical thinking skills, which our Graiders are uniquely qualified to evaluate. Graiders interpret and apply complex, standards-based rubrics and evaluate a student's entire work process. This is a welcome departure from the typical practice of bubble sheets and scantrons. Teachers and school leaders value quick and detailed performance data and real-time insight into student progress. They're better equipped to drive critical decisions around curriculum, instruction, and key performance targets and objectives.
Success Story: With fast, affordable and reliable grading support from The Graide Network, ReGeneration Schools - an innovative charter network on Chicago’s South Side - empowered teachers, fostered data-driven instruction “2.0”, and accelerated learning. See the results!
Research Projects and Thesis Papers
Graiders who specialize in effective feedback on writing make for terrific "advisors", remotely coaching students through challenging research projects and thesis papers. Students receive meaningful feedback in a timely manner from their Graider throughout the development of their work. It's a unique way to bring an outside perspective and an authentic external reader to the student writing and research process. The personalized guidance and support of a Graider boosts motivation and follow-through (which is especially helpful at the end of a long project!). Plus, faculty advisors have more time to focus on in-person mentorship and student engagement, without feeling over-extended or overwhelmed by the amount of reading and feedback required. It's a win-win!
Success Story: High-quality feedback helped USC Hybrid High seniors tackle their challenging, year-long Senior Thesis Project, graduate with honors, and demonstrate their mastery of college-level research and writing skills. See the results!
The Graide Network provided scoring and feedback support for Brophy College Prep English students for drafts of their papers. This feedback not only empowered the students to deliver a better final product, but also gave them the information to drive long-term improvement in their writing skills. At the end of the year, the students took a survey about their experience with The Graide Network, and we published their unabridged feedback.
The Success Story: Unbiased external feedback helped Brophy students improve their papers and their skills, and the students gave glowing reviews of their experience with The Graide Network. We think that’s the highest praise. See the results!
The Graide Network serves as a valuable programmatic partner for a wide-range of school, district and network-wide initiatives. We support grant-funded research around literacy, STEM, and college and career readiness. Our large network of highly qualified Graiders is on hand to provide on-demand, remote support for any large-scale grading or feedback project.
Success Story: The Graide Network is partnering with Chicago Public Schools, one of the country’s largest public school districts, as they roll-out a new computer science curriculum to over 7,000 high school students. The Graide Network is scoring the benchmark exams because capturing the results of these pre- and post-tests is critical. It will allow the district to assess the quality of computer science curriculum and instruction and measure the effects of computer science education on student performance across the curriculum. Many schools across the country face a shortage of qualified STEM teachers. As a result, ambitious projects like this fail to materialize. The Graide Network is proud to provide the extra support needed to ensure the success and future growth of computer science instruction. See the results!
Mock Writing Exams
When it comes to developing stronger writers, more practice and more feedback are key. These time-consuming strategies become even trickier when preparing students for state writing exams. Students need specific feedback urgently, school leaders and coaches need normed, objective data, and teachers need time to form intervention plans and work one-on-one with kids.
Success Story: In four days, teachers at Seagoville High School received the data they needed and gained both the time and capacity to analyze the data and implement instructional changes. Students received detailed, robust feedback on their writing - a quality and amount of feedback that individual teachers are rarely able to provide in such a short time frame. Plus, teachers received a detailed class-wide overview and grade-wide performance report. See the results!