Application Activity

You will complete an application activity that models a typical assignment on our platform. This will give you an opportunity to see what it is like to be a Graider. Your submission will be evaluated by our Member Success team. This is the most important step of your application, so make sure you do your best work. We are excited for you to take this first step towards improving student learning across the country!

Exploring Computer Science applicants please note: If you are applying to score computer science assessments, please complete the Exploring Computer Science Post-Test Prerequisite activity instead of the English Language Arts application activity below.  If you would like to be eligible for both computer science and all other subjects, please complete both activities. 

Plan to spend around 45 minutes on this activity.

Before you begin, spend some time reviewing our Seven Hallmarks of Effective Feedback and Rubric as well as some examples of feedback. This will give you a clear idea of what we are looking for in your submission. 


The Seven Hallmarks of Effective Feedback

Goal-oriented. Feedback on student work should be tied to specific, measurable learning goals, objectives, or standards. When giving feedback, try to link your comments to the expectations laid out in the assignment prompt and rubric. Directly reference the prompt and rubric components, using similar language where possible. This helps students understand where they are in relation to the stated goals.

Prioritized. Feedback should be concise and focused on the areas of strength and growth that will have the greatest impact on the student's writing. It isn't feasible or advisable to provide feedback on every aspect of a student's writing. Concise, prioritized feedback is more digestible for students and easier to internalize and implement. You will have to make judgement calls on where to focus. Think bite-sized and prioritized.

Actionable. Feedback should be so specific that the student immediately knows how to take action. Your comments should clearly describe their successes and shortfalls and directly reference the student's work in order to point the student to their next steps. To advance students' metacognition and enable them to self-assess their work, ask probing questions that will spark thoughtful reflection and a new understanding for how to develop their work.

Student-Friendly. Feedback should be personalized and engaging to ensure it reaches the student. To aid student acceptance of feedback, respond like a reader who is seeking to understand what the student has written. An encouraging, positive tone will go far in helping students accept your feedback and apply it to future work. Be sure to use language that is clear and not too technical.

Ongoing, Consistent and Timely. To be effective, feedback must also be ongoing, consistent, and timely. This means that students need ample opportunities to use feedback and that feedback must be accurate, trustworthy and stable. When feedback isn’t timely, students are disengaged and demotivated. As a Graider, it is your job to meet all deadlines and ensure you deliver consistent feedback.



Examples of Mastery, Proficient and Developing Feedback 














Application Activity