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Can Teachers Outsource Grading? Two Educators Explain What That Looks Like

Several years ago, two public schools in Michigan became teacher-powered—meaning, teachers have the autonomy to make decisions about what goes on with school operations. After that transition, one of the main areas the educators reevaluated was grading. 

Typically, teachers spend hours outside of school grading assignments. What would happen if that task was outsourced? 

According to Sarah and Dan Giddings, two (married) teachers in Ann Arbor, Mich., who teach at two different teacher-powered schools within the Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium, removing grading from teachers’ list of responsibilities can free teachers up to focus on designing the curriculum and creating meaningful relationships with students.

The concept is not uncommon in higher education—in 2011, the Chronicle of Higher Education wrote about a handful of institutions that turned over their grading to independent assessors or even computers—but it’s rarely seen in K-12. Education Week Teacher spoke to Sarah and Dan about how and why their schools outsource grading.