Frequently Asked Questions

What type of work do Graiders do?

Graiders grade assignments that are substantive and require high-quality rubric-based scoring and feedback. Most assignments we support are writing assignments for English and Social Studies classes, but we have seen everything from math worksheets to science reports. For standard writing assignments, you'll provide scoring and summary feedback on each student's strengths and growth areas as well as a note for the teacher on overall class strengths and growths.

What is the time commitment?

Graiders should be prepared to dedicate about 10 hours per month. That equates to grading approximately two assignments per month (the average assignment typically requires five hours to grade). However, the number of assignments you complete is ultimately up to you. The more assignments you complete, the higher you will appear in recommendations, and the more experience you gain. Our most active Graiders may work 20-30 hours a month. We have the most work available in October and February, as this is when most schools have students completing end-of-term writing assessments.

What is the application process?

Candidates are vetted and approved by The Graide Network through an online application process. We consider your relevant experience and coursework, academic performance, professionalism, and passion for the teaching profession. Most importantly, we review how you score and provide feedback on sample student work.

Are Graiders trained?

Yes, approved Graiders will be invited to complete a mock assignment to become familiar with our online platform and get more practice and coaching before they are ready to pick up assignments. Teachers also provide customized instructions to Graiders with each assignment and individual feedback upon assignment review.

How am I matched with teachers?

You are invited to apply to assignments on your assignment board, or may be requested by a teacher. Our recommendations to teachers and selections from the assignment board are based on matching the teacher’s grade level and subject with your grade level and subject of interest. Graiders can improve their rankings with high ratings from teachers, strong track records of experience, and fast response rates.

How can I communicate with teachers?

We offer a secure, easy-to-use internal messaging system to keep the lines of communication open between teachers and Graiders.

Do I get feedback from teachers on my work?

After each assignment you complete, the teacher rates you on four metrics: quality of feedback, quality of scoring, professionalism, and an overall rating. The teacher also provides qualitative feedback and coaching to help you improve.

Is there any in-person interaction?

No, everything is virtual. All the assignments and rubrics are digital and communication occurs through the website. This means that you can work wherever and whenever you like.

What are Graiders paid?

The pay rate for Graiders is $10 per estimated hour of grading for the 2017-2018 school year. Grading time estimates are based on assignment length, any special teacher requests, and time to become familiar with the prompt and rubric.