Manual Grading

One of the main benefits of Read Seed is that the program offers AI auto-grading of of student attempts to provide WPM, Accuracy and Quiz scores without creating additional work for teachers. However, there are circumstances in which teachers will want to manually grade Read Seed attempts. This article summarizes the grading options that are available and explains how each can be used by teachers.

Getting Started:

There are two ways for teachers to navigate to a user's attempt in order to perform manual grading. The first is from the Teacher's Dashboard, which lists the most recent attempt for each student. The Grade button on the right leads directly to the grading interface for that attempt. 

The second way is to navigate to the Attempts history in the Student Report. Unlike the Grade button, which allows access to only the most recent attempt, the Attempts history enables the teacher to select from any of the student's previous attempts. To find the Attempts history for a student, click the Reports button.

Then scroll to the bottom of the Student Report page. Next to each attempt in the history, is a Grade button, which, if selected, leads to the grading page for that attempt.   

Grading Options:

Once the teacher has reached the grading page, they can listen to the audio recording and view the mismatches identified by Read Seed's AI grading. If the teacher wishes to make changes to the student's grade, there are three options: Manual grade, Quick grade, and Power grade. Each option is accessed via a button at the bottom of the grading page. Note: It is possible for teachers to add notes to student attempts. Click inside the area that says Enter notes here and begin typing.

Manual Grade

This grading method allows the teacher to change the status of any word in the passage from correct to incorrect (or vice versa) by simply clicking on it. When grading manually, it is most common for the teacher to play the recording of the student's attempt and mark the passage in real time. Mistakes, WPM, Accuracy and Error Rate will be updated automatically. When grading is finished, it's important to remember to click the Save changes button at the bottom of the screen.  

Quick Grade

This grading method allows the teacher to check just the parts of the attempt where AI grading has identified a mismatch. In Quick grade mode, all mismatches appear highlighted in green. Clicking a highlighted word will play the section of the audio file that contains the mismatch. A dialogue box also appears containing buttons the teacher can use to indicate whether the word has been read correctly or not. In the case of young learners and learners with speech impediments, it is not unusual for Read Seed's AI to mark a word as incorrect that a human grader would consider acceptable. Quick grade mode is one way that teachers can limit the influence of "false positives" on a student's WPM and Accuracy scores.

Power Grade

Power grade mode is used when a teacher wants to take a running record of a student's attempt. A running record is a method of assessing a student's reading progress by systematically identifying error patterns. It enables teachers to obtain:

  • an accuracy rate
  • an error rate
  • a self-correction rate
  • information about the student's reading strategies and self-monitoring

There are different views about whether a running record should be taken using a passage the student has seen previously or if it's better to use an unfamiliar passage. Whatever the teacher's belief, it is possible to use Read Seed to record the student's reading and take a running record. If the teacher prefers that the student reads an unfamiliar text, then they should do the Read Seed activity in the normal way. If they prefer to use a previously viewed text, they can print the passage from Read Seed's library of leveled texts and distribute it to the student prior to having them attempt the Read Seed activity.

Power grade mode features both red and green highlighting of words. Red indicates words that AI grading has identified as incorrect. Green indicates a location in the text where a self-correct has likely occurred. Clicking on the highlighted text will play the related segment of the audio file. It also brings up the Power Grade dialogue box, which allows the teacher to mark the word as Correct, Error or SC (self-correct). It is also possible to apply MSV (Meaning, Semantic, Visual) tags to the words. Teachers do not need to calculate the Error Rate or Self-correct Rate, as Read Seed handles this for them.  

Regardless of the manual grading method you choose, it's important to remember to click the Save changes button before navigating away from the grading page.

If teachers want to print a copy of a student's attempt for their records or to share with a parent or reading specialist, they can do so by clicking the Print button at the bottom of the grading page.

Read Seed will generate a printable version of the attempt including a QR code which, if scanned with a tablet or smartphone, will play the audio recording of the student's reading.