As a Graider, you are joining an exclusive network of highly-qualified, remote teaching assistants. You are responsible for delivering effective feedback and accurate grading on all assignments. To be eligible for some assignments, you may be required to complete pre-requisite norming exercises and mock assignments. This ensures students, teachers and schools receive exceptional grading and feedback support and student performance data that is statistically reliable. Failure to deliver consistent, high-quality work or to successfully complete pre-requisite norming and calibration work will result in your removal from the assignment and, potentially, the network.
Graiders are also responsible for professional conduct, including:
- Effective time management skills and meeting all assignment deadlines.
- Timely, clear and appropriate communication with teachers and The Graide Network team. Be sure to communicate all questions, problems, and concerns as soon as possible.
- Professional language when grading assignments and working with teachers.
- Respecting student privacy. Graiders must never share student work with any third party or for any means outside of the agreed upon work with the teacher.
Working as an Independent Contractor
When you become a Graider, you will be invited to sign an independent contractor (IC) agreement with The Graide Network, as well as complete and sign a W-9 form. All forms and contracts are delivered, completed, and signed via DocuSign. Independent contractor income is compensation you receive for doing work or providing services as a self-employed individual, not as an employee. Your role as a Graider falls into this category.
Tax Information: As an independent contractor, your compensation is reported on Form 1099-MISC. If you’ve earned $600 or more in one calendar year by working as a Graider, The Graide Network will provide you with a 1099-MISC Form for your taxes by January 31st of the following calendar year. As an IC, you will pay taxes a little differently than employees do. Employers are required to withhold federal income tax (as well as Social Security and Medicare taxes) from their employees' pay. However, as an IC, you are required to pay these taxes on your own if the annual payments you receive from all independent contractor sources totals over $400 in a calendar year. You can pay these taxes through either quarterly estimated tax payments or when you file your tax return at the end of the year.
Below are some resources to help navigate your responsibilities as a self-employed individual:
As a Graider, you will be paid $10 per hour of grading and feedback. Paid grading time is equal to the per-student time estimate (calculated based on assignment length) plus 30 minutes of prep time per section.
Every section assignment shows both the time per student plus the total estimated compensated grading time. Be aware that the final paid time may be adjusted up or down based on the final number of students graded and the final average assignment length. We ask you to report your grading time so that we can monitor any major discrepancies and continue to improve our formula to be fair to both teachers and Graiders.
Please note: Any time spent grading over the estimated time, including revision requests, will not be compensated. It is your responsibility to track and manage your time grading accordingly. To ensure payment, work must be complete, accurate, and meet quality standards.
We often see that new Graiders take longer than the estimated time on their first few assignments, but veteran Graiders often come in below the estimates.
Because teachers have up to one week to make a revision request, assignments are considered "complete" when they have been accepted and reviewed by the teacher or when they have been submitted and awaiting review for at least 7 days. For complete assignments, payments are made every Friday through Venmo. Please share your Venmo account information with The Graide Network team below:
If your work is incomplete, inaccurate, or does not meet grading and feedback standards, the teacher or The Graide Network team will request a revision. It is your responsibility to revise your work and send it to The Graide Network team for review as soon as possible or within 1 day (24 hours) of the revision request. This additional time is not compensated as it is your responsibility to deliver complete, correct, and high-quality work in the time allotted at the start of each assignment. If the revision is due to a teacher error or new teacher request, you will be compensated for this additional work. Teachers have 7 days from the due date to review your work and request a revision.
Note that it is not uncommon for new Graiders to receive a revision request on their first assignment. While we try to prevent this with the 3-student quality check, occasionally there are trends in feedback or scoring that only become apparent once you've completed more of the class. While we do track revision requests, you are typically not penalized in future matching if a revision request is due to the learning curve of the first few assignments.
The Hall Pass System
We understand that emergencies happen and, in these instances, you may need an extension or removal from an assignment. That's why each Graider receives 3 hall passes that they can redeem in case of an emergency by communicating with The Graide Network team. Graiders are expected to be clear, direct, and honest in their communication and must communicate all emergencies as soon as possible (or at least 24 hours before the assignment deadline). You can do this by emailing email@example.com or texting +1 646-200-5768. Learn how the Hall Pass system works by watching the video.
Working on Assignments
Guidelines for Applying to Assignments
Only apply for or accept assignments when you know you have the capacity in your schedule to complete the assignment on time.
Make sure to have a technical back-up plan in place! In 2017, laptop crashes aren't an excuse for missing deadlines. In the event you have technical trouble with your computer or internet, be sure to have an alternate plan in place (computer lab, library, etc.)
- Read assignment descriptions and any guidelines from the teacher carefully and ensure you meet all pre-requirements before applying.
Special Grading Projects
Occasionally we offer special projects that require additional prequalification.
AP Grading: As we have a growing number of AP writing assignments on the platform, we want to be sure we're matching Graiders who are familiar with the work and rigor of AP courses. To report your AP scores and/or express interest in an AP scoring and feedback module (whether or not you took AP classes), please click below.
ReGeneration Assessment Scoring:
For the second year in a row, The Graide Network is partnering with ReGenerationSchools to help score their interim assessments. ReGeneration is dedicated to revitalizing failing schools through a college prep and character mission. They currently manage a network of six schools on Chicago's south side and we're excited to support their important work. The mission of ReGeneration Schools is to ensure that all children have equal access to high quality, college preparatory education.
So what does this entail?
- Wednesday, Oct. 25 - Friday, Oct. 27: Norming exercise with grade level team (~1 hour, paid)
- Saturday, Oct. 28: Start scoring! Sscores only, no feedback.
- Tuesday, Oct. 31: Scoring due - return timely, normed and insightful data to ReGeneration students, teachers, and administrators.
If you are interested in helping grade the interim assessments, please fill out the Google form ASAP!
Computer Science Scoring: 2017-2018 Prerequisite Activity coming soon!
Did you take Latin? If you have taken Latin and would feel comfortable grading a Latin assignment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not expect this to be a frequent opportunity, but do need to know who we have on deck!
Special Grading Instructions
Please read all instructions before starting on an assignment! Occasionally teachers will make special requests for targeted feedback or give guidelines for scoring.
In-line comments: If your assignment requires in-line comments, you should plan to add ~4 comments per page directly to student work. This is in addition to, not in place of, the individual student scoring and summary strengths and growths. Typically you will add these comments directly to google docs or work in Drive or Word and upload your work to a folder shared by the TGN team.
In-line comments are meant to help support students to the next draft of their writing. This is a chance to point out very specific places where something in a student's writing works really well or could be clarified or further developed. We recommend making these comments as you read. Comments should be thoughtful, and time estimates are increased slightly for these assignments, but these comments should not add considerable time to your grading. Generally the level of specificity in these comments means your summary feedback may be just a bit briefer than on a standard assignment.
We are always working to give you the information you need to be successful as a Graider and make frequent updates and adjustments to this page. We know that if you are well-prepared, the students and teachers you serve will benefit! Do you have questions about working as a Graider? Is there something you think belongs on this page or in a Graider FAQ page? Please never hesitate to email email@example.com!