Before You Start!
1. Make sure your students have all been assigned the grade-level Baseline Writing Assessment for their enrolled grade. For more information on how to assign Benchmark Assessments, click here.
2. Make sure your students complete the What is CERCA? Direct Instruction lesson before they complete the Baseline Writing Assessment. This will give them an quick overview of the CERCA Framework.
1. Click on the Classes tab (or the down arrow next to it, which displays a dropdown menu).
2. To the far right of each class on the Classes page (below each class in the dropdown), click on Assignments.
3. A list of assignments will appear; filter by "Needs Grading."
4. Find your desired assignment and select "View All Students" to see the list of all students to whom the lesson has been assigned and their multiple choice scores (if applicable).
5. Click on "Rubric Score" to see students' written responses.
• To review students' multiple-choice answers (which have been automatically graded), click on the score to the right of each student's name.
6. Upon selecting "Rubric Score," you'll see the first student's writing on the left of the screen and a section called "Evaluation Rubric" on the right. Before you can begin grading, you'll of course want to read your student's writing.
• If you wish to view student responses in the context of the original assignment, click "View Student's Full Work" above the "Student Writing" section at left.
7. Make any relevant notes on the student's writing by clicking on or highlighting their text and entering your comments in the pop-up box.
8. On the right-hand side, click on each rubric component to assign a score for that particular criterion; tick the applicable boxes and add your comments in the text box.
• Alternately, if you want to provide feedback but do not want to assign a grade, you may bypass selecting a score for each rubric component and instead tick the "Submit With No Score" check box. (After you finish adding your comments, simply hit "Submit Grade.")
9. Enter any final comments in the "Additional Feedback" text box.
10. Select an option from the "Assign Growth Focus" dropdown menu to give your student a specific area to focus on improving.
11. Click "Submit Grade."
• If you want the student to edit their work per your feedback, instead click "Return for Revision."
12. To grade the next student's writing, click the right arrow above the "Evaluation Rubric" section; to return to your class' full list of assignments, click "Return to Assignments."