If you're seeing a little red notification at the top of your screen, it could mean that you have some grading to do!
When students complete CommonLit assignments that include short-answer questions, we leave it up to the teacher to score their responses. While we are more than happy to grade the multiple-choice questions automatically, we know that teachers know their students best and sometimes want to score them on different factors.
To assign scores to students for their written responses, you can either:
- Click the notification bell at the top of your screen and follow the link to the grading page, or...
- Go to your Assignments page and click on the class (on the left side of the screen) that has ungraded responses. You will be able to tell which class needs grading by the little red icon. Then, hover over the assignment that has a red icon and click "Begin Grading." That will take you to the grading page.
To grade written responses, make sure you're on the right question. You can view the multiple-choice data if you like by clicking on the questions with a check-mark icon next to them. To find the short-answer responses in need of grading, look for the questions with the pencil icon next to them and the little red notifier.
To score a response, first start by reading the exemplar guide that we provide beneath the question. Then, scroll down to view the students' responses. Click "Assign Score" and then select a score from 0 (far below expectations) to 4 (exceeding expectations). Here's what the scores mean:
- 0 will result in no credit for that question
- 1 will result in 25% credit for that question
- 2 will result in half credit for that question
- 3 will result in 75% credit for that question
- 4 will result in full credit for that question
You can also provide feedback for the student. When you're done, click "Save & Next" and it should automatically bring up the next student response that needs grading.
Once you're finished scoring all responses for one question, double-check that there aren't other short-answer responses that need scoring for that assignment. You should see them on the list of questions marked with a pencil icon and a red notifier.
When you're totally done, don't forget to visit the Assignment Report by clicking the button in the top-right corner of the grading page. We'll show you lots of interesting data. Finally, make sure to click the "Release students' scores" button on the top-right of the Assignment Report so that students will see your feedback!