Grading Tips

The key to being a successful Graider for this type of work is accuracy and consistency. Students, teachers, and school leaders are depending on reliable scores. In order to achieve this, we recommend that you:

  • Invest time upfront. Before you begin grading, it's critically important that you carefully read all supporting documents. Once you deeply understand the rubric, scoring guide, exemplars, etc., you will be able to grade more efficiently and effectively. This will save you time and help avoid revision requests for inconsistent or inaccurate work!

  • Double the norming process. Whenever you're scoring a larger group of students, we recommend that you read at least 5-6 student work samples before you begin grading. Unlike grading a single class, multiple classes, interim assessments and large-scale tests tend to have greater variation. Again, this upfront investment of time will give you a better understanding of student performance levels and help you grade more accurately.

  • Ask questions! Your fellow Graiders can help you with norming and calibration, intepreting the rubric, and evaluating student work. They are a great resource to make sure you're on track. The Graide Network team is also here to help! Text us at 646-200-5768 or email at