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How Common Core Tests Are Scored: PARCC and Pearson Graders Can Shoot for 60 Answers Per Hour

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Grading a student answer each minute could easily be overwhelming for the 121 graders at Pearson Inc.’s Ohio scoring center for the new Common Core exams from PARCC.

But this operation in a suburban office complex outside Columbus is a very focused assembly line operation: Scoring 55 to 80 answers an hour is no problem for most.

“I feel like I’ve been doing well,” said scorer Launica Jones, who previously worked as a substitute teacher in both Cleveland and Columbus and started grading PARCC exams last month. “I’ve actually been told to slow down a few times.”