There are about as many ways to test students as there are ways to teach them. And while summative assessments can effectively measure student performance at the end of a particular subject or time period, formative assessments can be instrumental in maximizing student performance along the way. The challenge for teachers, however, is figuring out how to grade a test quickly enough for that feedback to be helpful.
Often, teachers use simplified formats, like multiple choice, true/false, and matching tests, that can either be scored by hand using a printed answer key or automatically using an easy grader app, but not all material lends itself to those kinds of answer options. Sometimes, students need to show their work, demonstrate degrees and levels of competency, or articulate ideas and comprehension through writing – all of which require a closer review by the teacher in order to evaluate and score them appropriately.
Even when specific content or coursework doesn’t intuitively conform to a standard bubble test format, teachers still need to assess and respond to student work in a timely manner. Unfortunately, responses like spelling, fill-in-the-blank, short answers, graphs, multi-step processes, problem-solving, and essays can be significantly more time-consuming to grade without the assistance of a test grader.
Many teachers even use rubrics as a formative assessment tool, but scoring them quickly, by hand, is not an easy task. The good news is that there is a grading solution – created by teachers, for teachers – that simplifies and streamlines these kinds of assessments, too.
GradeCam is a teacher grader app that offers all of the standard bubble test functionality, like multiple choice, true/false, number grids, etc. But it also does a whole lot more. In fact, the bubble contents themselves are customizable.
GradeCam also allows teachers to score rubrics using teacher-completed bubbles that can be instantly scanned and recorded, and the rubric with capture option will even scan answer content right into the app for grading on-the-go. Perhaps best of all, a revolutionary and proprietary handwriting recognition capability can read and score handwritten numbers, letters, and short answers, as well, making a whole host of new answer types automatically scannable and scorable.