How grading apps help teachers take back time

SmartGrade team
May 23, 2019 · 3 min read
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SmartGrade instantly and effortlessly grades multiple choice exams

Research shows that teachers, specially in middle and high school, spend up to 95 minutes per week on grading papers and preparing classes. That time contributes to a striking 10 hours and 40 minutes of work for teachers, on average, per day.

Of that over hour and a half of work that teachers take home weekly, only part consists of productive and constructive effort, such as planning activities or preparing class material. A big chunk, on the other hand, comprises mostly mechanical and at times repetitive work, such as grading exams. Fortunately, as we will show, technology can already help teachers save up time on the latter.

Grading apps

  • Grade each test by hand, which tends to be purely mechanical, tedious and error prone;
  • Use expensive Optical Mark Recognition machines, like the ones from Scantron;

Recently, thanks to the spreading of increasingly powerful smartphones (both Android and iOS), teachers are presented with a new and interesting grading method:

  • Apps that use their own device’s camera to scan and instantly grade multiple choice exams.

Enter SmartGrade

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SmartGrade can grade a multiple choice paper in only a few seconds

Using SmartGrade, teachers reportedly shrink the time spent grading to only a few seconds per student. In other words, teachers are able to grade a whole classroom in a few minutes, from start to finish.

Data is king

From a set of students exams answers, teachers can derive incredibly valuable information, such as:

  • What are the most problematic questions that can be further developed in the classroom?
  • Are the exams and questions difficulties properly calibrated?
  • Who are the students that need personal attention?
  • Who are the students that can provide help to other students?
  • How are students progressing through time across multiple tests?
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SmartGrade provides instant exam analysis after grading

The interest in this actionable data is evident, although it is often unfeasible to drill down into this data, specially if we recall how little time teachers have left after those almost 11 hours or daily work, on average. Grading apps can often provide teachers with immediate and actionable feedback, as soon as students papers are scanned.

SmartGrade delivers an easy to digest exam analysis, consisting of two dimensions:

  • Grades distribution — here teachers can understand the histogram of grades, and analyse how a the group of students performed comparatively;
  • Percentage of correct answers by question — how difficult or easy were the exam items for the classroom. Teachers can leverage that data for quickly identifying topics that need refreshing or developing with the students;

Try it!

Get the SmartGrade app (and the answer sheet) and try it out.

Happy teaching!


Grade multiple choice tests with your smartphone’s camera

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