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Essay question.. What is public education about? With a rubric-perfected response!
(special request that it be scored by the latest “innovation” in “ed reform” education – a computer programmed to grade essays).
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Yes, computers can apparently grade essays written for humans as well as underpaid and overworked graders do (which is badly). But once you start having computers actually grade the students, the students will start writing their essays to fool the computer graders (likely with help of computer programs)...[ | | ]
We have all been overwhelmed by the grading process. Though manyof the tips below may appear to be time-consuming, they can in fact leadto a reduction in grading time and more importantly, a more productive,fruitful use of that time.Grading rubrics can be of great benefit to both you and your students. For you, a rubric saves time and decreases subjectivity. Specific criteria are explicitly stated, facilitating the grading process and increasing your objectivity. For students, the use of grading rubrics helps them to meet or exceed expectations, to view the grading process as being fair, and to set goals for future learning.
In order to help your students meet or exceed expectations of the assignment, be sure to discuss the rubric with your students when you assign an essay. It is helpful to show them examples of written pieces that meet and do not meet the expectations. As an added benefit, because the criteria are explicitly stated, the use of the rubric decreases the likelihood that students will argue about the grade they receive. The explicitness of the expectations helps students know exactly why they lost points on the assignment and aids them in setting goals for future improvement.