Standardizing Your Grading


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Collaborate with the Senior Professor

Work with your professor to formulate examination materials and understand all components of the material covered.

  • Ask for papers to be blinded. Use numbers or codes to conceal the identity of students to avoid unfair grading.
  • As the senior professor will generally write the test, he/she will provide the key and rationale for the answers and grading.
  • The responsibility is to understand all components of the questions and answers.
  • Ask questions on how best to grade the papers as they arise during grading.

Grading with Multiple TAs

Often in larger classes, you will have an opportunity to work with one or several TAs. It is important for all TAs to be involved in the grading process and work as a team to evaluate the students in a fair manner.

Grading with Keys and Rubrics

More esoteric methods of testing such as essays or short answer will benefit from a rubric to evaluate assignments and ensure more uniform grading. A rubric is a grading scale written before the assignment is due. It allows the grader to more easily allocate points to the assignment.

Students with Disabilities

These students should be graded on the same scale as the rest of the class. Their exams maybe turned in late to you due if they are allotted extra time beforehand. An easy method to avoid grading these students differently is simply to slip their paper randomly into the class pile and grade all papers as a group.

Errors in Keys

Although you or your senior professor will try to prevent errors in the grading rubric or answer sheet, you may encounter them in the course of your grading. It is important to recognize such errors.

Unexpected Answers:

Although you may have prepared the assignment and answers the best you could, students may come up with answers you did not expect.

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