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.
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.
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