Gradeable's New Features Make it Easier for Educators to Adhere to the Common Core
Dec 9, 2014
Regardless of whether critics claim " the Common Core standards are bad for teachers ," educators still need to grade to the guidelines. MIT-spun startup Gradeable announced Tuesday it wants to help teachers adapt. The grading tool has launched new features to make implementing the Common Core and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers easier. "A lot of the teachers that use Gradeable are really stressed out, because so much is changing in teaching," said founder Parul Singh, an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. "We have talked to teachers who are retiring early because everything that's happening is too difficult for them. "
Gradeable wants to change that. The startup, currently based out of ed-tech co-working space LearnLaunch Campus , now gives teachers the choice to use Common Core for their assessments, so they can determine if their students are learning what the standards say they should be by the end of each grade. Educators can assign a point value to every question they ask, whether it's catered to the Common Core or their own custom standards, and then have students take the test digitally or on paper. Several states, including Massachusetts , have started rolling out PARCC, created to determine college and career readiness. Because of that, Gradeable also allows educators to integrate PARCC-style questions into their assessments and then instantly grade them. "More and more, it's something that teachers are actually evaluated on: how their students are performing based on Common Core and PARCC," Singh said, noting they are, "rolling out new tools to make it easier for teachers to handle their paperwork — tools to make it easier for some of the policy and technology changes that are coming. "
Gradeable launched an iPhone app earlier this year , giving teachers the ability to scan and upload quizzes, worksheets and tests. Once assessments are in the system, the app analyzes how students are performing and provides charts that help highlight individual students' strengths and weaknesses. The app complemented Gradeable's "Inbox," a mobile printer and scanner teachers can have their students submit assignments to. The tool can scan, grade and analyze work in minutes, whether the questions asked were multiple choice or open-ended. With actionable insights in hand, teachers can provide a more personalized education and know what needs to be retaught when their students walk through the door. "We're constantly making improvements," Singh said. And to help bring those improvements to teachers, Gradeable has announced a deal: All those who sign up for Gradeable in the month of December will receive a free trial of the tool until March 2, 2015. To see the tool in action, take a look at Gradeable's video below.