Grading exam to earn the right to grade (to ensure quality grading and prevent complaints)

Marlies Storm 2 years ago updated by Ana Ilijašić 2 years ago 10


Too many complaints arrive about homework being graded wrongly. People grade wrongly now because they haven't read the rules. Short homeworks get "good" or  "acceptable" despite meeting all requirements and stating their sources. Plagiarism is missed because sources aren't checked, or because the sources weren't stated. Long homeworks automatically get an Outstanding without even having been read. We've got to do something about this, and the solution to this problem is a grading exam.

This is going to save a lot of work for ATs and teachers, saving a lot of complaints about wrong grading. Students will be more satisfied with the grade they received and the amount of complaints will decrease.

The idea

When the user turns level 3, before they can grade they have to take a short grading exam. In this exam there will be 5-10 (short if possible) homework samples they have to grade. Each example will treat 1 common error, or something that is received as error but actually is none. For example:

  • One assignment in which at least one sentence has been plagiarized.
  • One assignment in which it looks plagiarized but actually isn't (closely paraphrased).
  • One assignment where there has been plagiarized but doesn't state the source it's plagiarized from. 
  • One assignment that is very short, 1-2 sentences, but answers all requirements and so deserves an Outstanding.
  • One assignment that is quite long but doesn't meet all requirements.

And more such relevant situations. 5-10 questions, about 60-80% needs to be correct. Not all questions need to be answered correctly, because the main idea is that people have considered these situations and know how to deal with most of them. Even just having thought about it is going to help the grading system greatly. 

If this idea is going to be taken up, I know I am willing to help out with the questions if needed and I know a lot of ATs and teachers are.


Sounds great!
An idea for another assignment could be one with a few grammatical errors or spelling errors. I don't know if people sometimes grade wrong because of that (I am not a teacher and I don't have a student account), but I think it would still be good to put that in the exam too.

Yes, they do... I sometimes spot it and when I was in my first month on the site, I did it myself, so this would be a good exercise too!


That's a great idea! Indeed, people downgrade homework for faulty grammar and spelling when it says in the guidelines you're not supposed to take points for that. Thanks for your addition :D


I forgot to say it here before, 5 questions would be enough in my opinion, and when you finish the quiz, you see what you got wrong, too.

And about grammar errors... site has add on for checking it, one just need to look trough options. :)


That's an excellent idea ! After each "training homework", the grader would receive a tip if he missed it, so it would encourage him reading the rules and the homework more closely. Also, I propose that when a user makes really, really too many grading errors, he has to pass this exam again before he is allowed to grade more ^^

(I'm trying to find the words to express how great I find this idea, I hope you get it)


I like the idea! There are sooo many people that only give As ans Gs because they didn't read the rules, and they also don't give any feedback. 

But I also think that people, who grade short homeworks with an E, are absolutely right. Only very creative homeworks should be graded with O. The rules say that, too. 

Don't forget that WoP wants to motivate the people to be more creative. And people are frustrated, because their long, creative, fantastic homeworks  are graded the same as short two-sentence-homeworks. That really is not fair and i think this also needs some changes because it disencourages so much. Homeworks shouldn't be somethink you finish within 2 minutes and where you don't even try to be creative. Homeworks should be a possibility to develop your charakter, be creative, write stories and feel like you really ARE in hogwarts. 

Still nothing? Let's bump it a little ;)