Before You Start!
- Make sure your students have all been assigned the grade-level Writing Benchmark for their enrolled grade. For more information on how to assign leveling assessments, click here.
- Make sure your students complete the “What is CERCA?” Direct Instruction lesson before they complete the Writing Benchmark. This will give them a quick overview of the CERCA Framework.
- Navigate to the Classes page from the top navigation bar of any ThinkCERCA page.
- Scroll down the page to find the current assignment you would like to grade. It will be listed beneath an active class.
- Click the assignment you would like to grade.
- You will be taken to a page with a table listing students and assignment status. In the “Writing” column of the table, select the “Give Feedback” option, which will appear for any student who has completed their assignment.
- 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.
- Upon selecting "Rubric Score," you will 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.
- 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.
- 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.")
- Enter any final comments in the "Additional Feedback" text box.
- Select an option from the "Assign Growth Focus" dropdown menu to give your student a specific area to focus on improving.
- Click "Submit Grade."
- If you want the student to edit their work per your feedback, instead click "Return for Revision."
- 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."